By Michael Webb
The most important photographic exhibition of the year opens on June 29th at the Peter Fetterman Gallery in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica. Sebastião Salgado—Genesis is the distillation of an eight-year project: an odyssey by the Brazilian photographer to remote parts of the world that remain pristine. Its importance resides in the epic grandeur of the images, and the message that it is not too late to save the planet from despoilation. Salgado is a fearless explorer and a brilliant artist, as earlier series, “Workers” and “Migrations”, proved. Genesis is even more ambitious, and it may be the last this 70-year-old can undertake. That makes this tribute to the wonders of nature and the tribes that live in harmony with the natural world even more affecting.