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Amazônia – school info

Internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado presents Amazônia, a series of breath-taking photographs that celebrate the indigenous peoples and varied landscapes of the Brazilian rainforest.

Ideal for KS3 and up, this exhibition aligns with subjects including science, geography, art, design and photography and opens up an opportunity to explore issues around climate change and ecosystems.

For six years, Salgado worked with twelve different indigenous communities to create this magnificent photography project. The result is over 200 powerful black-and-white photographs that uncover Salgado’s vision of the Amazon when the forest is approaching a crucial tipping point in the fight against climate change.

A shaman raises his hands above his head. He stands in a steam in a dense jungle and two other men crouch in the background. Chaman Yanomami en rituel avant la montée vers le Pico da Neblina, État d’Amazonas, Brésil, 2014 / Yanomami shaman in ritual before the ascent to Pico da Neblina, State of Amazonas, Brazil, 2014 © Sebastião Salgado/nbpictures.

See stunning portraits of indigenous leaders and their communities, dramatic landscapes taken from intrepid river boat journeys and sweeping aerial shots of the immense waterfalls and stormy skies. Feel immersed in the rainforest through a new soundtrack by renowned composer Jean-Michel Jarre.

This exhibition offers an exclusive opportunity to get inside the mind of this great photographer and see nature and humanity in dialogue. Our accompanying event and blog series will include the voices of climate scientists and indigenous activists to delve deeper into why the Amazon is so important to all our lives.

  • The exhibition is curated and designed by Lelia Wanick Salgado.
  • Amazônia contains nudity and content that some visitors might find challenging.
  • Header image: Sebastião Salgado/nbpictures

Amazônia is part of an international tour that starts at the Philharmonie in Paris and then moves on to the MAXXI in Rome, SESC in Sao Paulo and the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro. Amazônia will also open at the Science and Industry Museum, Manchester in 2022.

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