TASCHEN JUST RELEASED A SIGNED AND LIMITED EDITION FOR COLLECTORS OF KUWAIT: A DESERT ON FIRE BY SEBASTIÃO SALGADO. THIS NUMBERED EDITION OF 1000 COPIES SHOWS IN PICTURES ONE OF THE WORST ENVIRONMENTAL DISASTERS IN LIVING MEMORY THAT HAPPENED IN JANUARY OF 1991.
“We must remember that in the brutality of battle another such apocalypse is always just around the corner.”
Everything happened in January and February 1991. The United States left Kuwait and Saddam Hussein’s troops retaliated with an inferno. And a real and terrifing one. They ignited a vast and raging fires on around 700 oil wells and a huge number of oil-filled low-lying areas, creating a terrible disaster. Sebastião Salgado traveled to Kuwait to capture and witness the crisis firsthand. Was so much heat that Salgado’s smallest lens warped. The flames and smoke were so strong that blocked out the sunlight, dwarfing the oil-soaked firefighters. This pictures appeared for the first time in The New York Times Magazine in June 1991 and was considered one of the most captivating—and courageous—bodies of work. The series was awarded the Oskar Barnack Award, recognizing outstanding photography on the relationship between man and the environment.
Now in a special book by TASCHEN, you can find inside the first major publication of Salgado’s Kuwaiti oil wells series; Grand-scale, museum-quality reproduction with High Definition Skia Photography, allowing all visible components captured by the camera to be transferred to print; More than 80 images, interlaid with transparency paper; and signed by the photographer.
This collector’s Edition of 1,000 numbered copies (No. 101–1,100), signed by Sebastião Salgado is also available in an Art Edition of 100 copies, each coming with a gelatin silver print at www.taschen.com