Amazon

  March 2012

Image from AMAZON © Sebastiao Salgado /Amazonas Images / nbpictures. Amazon Forest, Jurua river, Amazonas state, Brazil, 2009.

An exhibition in Aid of Sky Rainforest Rescue with photographs by Sebastião Salgado and Per-Anders Pettersson.

Sky, WWF and the Gallery of Photography are pleased to present the Irish premiere of ‘AMAZON’, an exhibition in aid of Sky Rainforest Rescue, featuring the work of two award-winning photographers – Sebastião Salgado and Per-Anders Pettersson.

The exhibition, brought together two remarkable, distinct bodies of photography, highlighting the plight of the Amazonian rainforest and the people living within it and showcasing the efforts of Sky Rainforest Rescue, a three year partnership between Sky and WWF, that began in 2009 and aims to help save one billion trees in the state of Acre, north-west Brazil.

Legendary Brazilian photographer, Sebastião Salgado exclusively presents work from his ongoing photographic essay ‘Genesis’ that began in 2004 and is due to reach completion this year. The images portray landscapes in their most pristine state, and the communities still living in them, according to ancient traditions and in balance with nature. Through these epic and evocative images, visitors to the exhibition are taken on a journey through environments, which remain intact despite the enormous human destruction taking place, daily, in the region. Salgado commented: “I relished the opportunity to present some of my images in the exhibition and highlight the beauty that must be preserved”.

Renowned documentary photographer Per-Anders Pettersson presents photographs from a recent visit to Acre with actress Gemma Arterton, to support Sky Rainforest Rescue. These images illustrate the stark reality and level of devastation caused by Deforestation – and give an insight into the progress being made through Sky Rainforest Rescue, who are working closely with the Acre State Government to protect this precious part of the world. Pettersson commented, “The images that we captured were beautiful and heart breaking in equal measure”.

The exhibition, which had a critically acclaimed six-week run in Somerset House, London in November 2011, is curated by Bakul Patki and will be accompanied by a programme of talks and events. (See www.galleryofphotography.ie for further information and updates).

NOTES TO EDITORS:

About Sky Rainforest Rescue Sky Rainforest Rescue is a three-year partnership between Sky and WWF that began in 2009 and aims to help save one billion trees in the state of Acre, North-west Brazil. Every minute, an area of Amazon forest the size of three football pitches is lost and global deforestation is responsible for up to 15% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions – that’s roughly the same as all the world’s cars, planes, trains and ships put together.

Tackling deforestation must play an important part in how we fight global warming which is why, through this exhibition Sky and WWF hope to inspire people to get involved and help save a billion trees. The public can make regular donations to Sky Rainforest Rescue, by adopting a jaguar from €3 a month, sponsoring an acre of forest or, making a one-off donation of any amount with €20 helping to save 1000 trees, or even taking part in a fundraising event. For more information visit: www.sky.com/rainforestrescue

About WWF

WWF is one of the world’s largest and most respected independent conservation organisations, with almost 5 million supporters and a global network active in over 100 countries. WWF’s mission is to stop the degradation of the earth’s natural environment and to build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature, by conserving the world’s biological diversity, ensuring that the use of renewable natural resources is sustainable, and promoting the reduction of pollution and wasteful consumption. WWF-UK has devolved offices in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. WWF Northern Ireland works with government, businesses, communities and individuals to encourage effective protection and management of our own precious natural environment and to reduce the demands which our lifestyles are making on the wider planet. Our key priorities in Ireland are safeguarding our rivers and lakes, safeguarding our marine environment, tackling climate change and promoting sustainable living. www.wwf.org.uk

Amazon-azing Family Fun Day
Experience the sights and sounds of the Amazon jungle in a free workshop for all the family. Be inspired by a special tour of the Amazon exhibition, make yourself an Amazon-style headdress, then step into our fabulous Jungle Photo Studio and capture the moment in digital photos and video! Link here: Calling all jungle explorers!

Exhibition opening of "Amazon" at the Gallery of Photography Ireland in 2012.

Exhibition opening of “Amazon” at the Gallery of Photography Ireland in 2012.

 

Dave O Dwyer giving a tour of Amazon by Sebastio Selgado

Dave O Dwyer giving a tour of the exhibition “Amazon” by Sebastio Selgado held at the Gallery of Photography Ireland in 2012.