Book Club Live: Sebastião Salgado in conversation with Peter Fetterman

Sebastião Salgado, AMAZÔNIA TASCHEN

Keiá Yawanawá from the village of Mutum, paints the back of young Kanamashi, from the village of Amparo. The flower-shaped ornament in her hair is made of bird feathers. Rio Gregório Yawanawá Indigenous Territory, state of Acre, 2016. © Sebastião SALGADO

Tuesday, June 22

5 pm BST | 6 pm CET | 12 pm ET | 9 am PT

Free, registration required.

As part of the Book Club live events, Photo London is delighted to present Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist Sebastião Salgado in conversation with gallerist Peter Fetterman.

One of the most recognised photographers working today, Salgado is primarily known for his long-term social documentary projects, having travelled to over 120 countries to shoot his projects.

He has completed a photographic project about Brazil’s Amazon forest and its inhabitants, the indigenous communities; it aims to raise awareness of the threats they face from illegal logging, gold mining, dam building, cattle and soybean farming and, increasingly, from climate change. This project will be presented to the public this year in the form of exhibitions and a monographic book titled AMAZÔNIA (Taschen, 2021).

In this exclusive conversation, Salgado will present AMAZÔNIA in conversation with his long time gallerist and photography expert Peter Fetterman, whose eponymous gallery in Santa Monica holds one of the USA’s most extensive inventories of classic 20th Century photography, particularly humanist photography.

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AMAZÔNIA will be on view at Peter Fetterman Gallery (Santa Monica, California), from 1 September – 30 October 2021, and the book with a special signed bookplate will be available from the gallery. AMAZÔNIA will then tour to MAXXI Museum (Rome, Italy), 1 October 2021–12 February 2022; Science Museum (London, UK), 13 October 2021–March 2022; Science and Industry Museum (Manchester, UK), May-August 2022; SESC Pompeia (São Paulo, Brasil), from February 2022; Museo do Amanhã (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil), from July 2022.

Sebastião Salgado, AMAZÔNIA TASCHEN

Sebastião Salgado, ‘AMAZÔNIA’, TASCHEN, 2021.

Sebastião Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in Paris in 1973 and subsequently worked with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos. In 1994, he and his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado created Amazonas Images, which is today their studio, and exclusively handles his work. Salgado’s photographic projects have been featured in many exhibitions as well as books, including Sahel. L’Homme en détresse (1986), Other Americas (1986), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations (2000), The Children (2000), Africa (2007), Genesis (2013), The Scent of a Dream (2015), Kuwait. A Desert on Fire (2016), and Gold (2019).

Born in London, Peter Fetterman has been deeply involved in the medium of photography for over 40 years. Initially a filmmaker and collector, he set up his first gallery over 30 years ago in 1988. He was one of the pioneer tenants of Bergamot Station, the Santa Monica Center of the Arts when it first opened in 1994. The gallery has one of the largest inventories of classic 20th Century photography in the country particularly in humanist photography. Diverse holdings include work by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastião Salgado, Steve McCurry, Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, Willy Ronis, André Kertesz, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Lillian Bassman, Pentti Sammallahti, Sarah Moon and Jeffrey Conley. Peter and his colleagues are committed to promoting the awareness and appreciation of the most powerful of the mediums in an intimate, user-friendly salon environment.


Sebastião Salgado, AMAZÔNIA TASCHEN

The Raposa–Serra do Sol Indigenous Territory occupies two ecologically distinct areas: fields in the south and densely forested mountains in the north. Its main landmark is Mount Roraima, seen in the background, whose name is associated with the mythological hero Makunaima. This hero inspired Brazilian author Mario de Andrade’s classic novel Macunaíma. There are an estimated 140 Macuxi villages.
Cotingo River Falls. State of Roraima, 2018. © Sebastião SALGADO

Sebastião Salgado, AMAZÔNIA TASCHEN

Left to right: Pinu Vakwë Korubo with a bird, a red-throated piping- guan (Aburria cujubi, Korubo name: kuxu) hanging from his shoulder— contact in 2014; Xuxu Korubo with a quiver for arrows (Korubo term: vitinte) on his shoulder—contact in 2015. In front of them, two brown woolly monkeys (Lagothrix lagothricha, Korubo term: kolokit) brought down by poisoned arrows from Xuxu’s quiver, shot from blowguns.
Hunting encampment. Valley of Javari Indigenous Territory, state of Amazonas, 2017. © Sebastião SALGADO

Sebastião Salgado, AMAZÔNIA TASCHEN

Marauiá mountain range.
Yanomami Indigenous Territory. Municipality of São Gabriel da Cachoeira, state of Amazonas, 2018. © Sebastião SALGADO
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