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‘Genesis’ is Photographer Sebastião Salgado’s ‘Love Letter to the Planet’

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Sebastião Salgado, Chinstrap penguins on icebergs located between Zavodovski and Visokoi islands. South Sandwich Islands. 2009. © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas images-Contact Press Images.

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Sebastião Salgado, Typically, the women in the Zo’é village of Towari Ypy use the “urucum” (Bixa orellana) red fruit to color their bodies. It is also used in the cooking. Brazil. 2009. © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas images-Contact Press Images.

For Genesis, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado traveled to thirty two of the most wild regions in the world, thriving areas that have persevered in the face of climate change, deforestation, and modern development. Traveling by food, aircraft, canoe, and balloon, Salgado constructs a vision of an uncorrupted earth as it existed at in the first biblical book, resplendent with biodiversity and natural wonders.

Photos Capture the Astonishing Beauty of the Portuguese Man O’ War

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The mysterious Portuguese Man O’ War sting an estimated 10,000 humans annually, needling their prey with hypodermic blades that deliver lethal venom. For photographer Aaron Ansarov, the gelatinous beasts, closely related to jellyfish, are creatures to be revered more than feared. In the midst of our culture’s plethora of imagery, he explains, the value and beauty of nature can be lost and forgotten. His Man O’ War images, mirrored to create the illusion of a human face, give agency to the misunderstood creatures, allowing their watercolor hues to inspire a more profound understanding of the world around us.

The Horses of Iceland

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Black Lab at a Crossroads

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Peace Amidst Turmoil: A Region in Afghanistan Untouched by the Taliban

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Wakhi shepherds © Benjamin Rasmussen / Offset

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June 21,2010: Wakhi man with a buffalo © Benjamin Rasmussen / Offset

For Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor, Denver-based photographer Benjamin Rasmussen documents daily life in a northeastern region of the country, an expanse of land that remains largely untouched by war and by the Taliban. Compelled to create images with the potential to enrich and challenge a limited Western picture of Afghanistan, Rasmussen visited the Wakhan Corridor after learning of the area from his sister-in-law, who was working overseas, he explains in conversation with Daylight Books.

The ‘Penguinscapes’ of Antarctica

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For his breathtaking series Penguinscapes, photographer Gaston Lacombe traces a colony of 250,000 penguins along the Esperanza research base in the Antarctic Peninsula’s Hope Bay. In summer, the penguins come ashore to hatch and care for their nestlings, often venturing onto the base itself. In his arresting aerial landscapes, Lacombe offers us a glimpse into the shockingly verdant terrain of Antarctica, an extraterrestrial wilderness whose appearance metamorphoses daily depending upon the activities of its native penguins. As this ethereal watercolor expanse becomes saturated with soft pinks and greens, we are reminded of the profound delicacy of these creatures who depend upon the landscape for generations to come. We spoke to Lacombe about his visit to the Esperanza base, his passion for wildlife, and the future of the penguins.

Photo du Jour: The Fallen Mare

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Horses competing in El Raid race in Jose Pedro Varela, Uruguay face 60 miles of paved road, a perilous journey for even the most resilient of animals. Running at an average speed on twenty miles per hour, the horses are followed by a rush of trucks, from which their handlers, known collectively as a “stud,” douse their steaming bodies with hose water. Dehydration, exhaustion, and overheating are very real dangers, and the animals are checked by veterinarians during a single hour’s rest period. Despite these precautions, horses are lost to the race; in the 2012 season, five Raid horses died.

Photo du Jour: The Sperm Whale

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For Animal Cabinet, Ghent, Belgium-based photographer Maroesjka Lavigne explores her enthrallment with creatures great and small by capturing everything from cases filled with taxidermic birds to tanks inhabited by jellyfish. She encountered this humongous beached sperm whale by happenstance, soon realizing that the behemoth was not a real animal but a replica. Mouth agape, the fallen beast lays before a row of buildings, a bleak set of manmade structures encroaching on the invisible water below. Lavigne explains that the tones of the beach and the rain tinged the scene with an ineffable sadness that ultimately compelled her to capture it.

Image © Maroesjka Lavigne

Urban Deer

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Photographers Elo Vazquez, Leanne Surfleet, Thom Davies, Sam Edmonds, and Giulia Marchi Take Over Our Instagram

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Elo Vazquez [@elovzqz] / September 23, 24, 25

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Our latest lineup of Guest Instagrammers invite us to explore all corners of the globe, from tourist destinations to local treasures. We’ll begin with Elo Vazquez in her hometown of Sevilla, Spain before following Leanne Surfleet to the UK with her dreamy, nostalgic imagery. Next, we will hop over to Japan with Thom Davies and explore some of the longterm consequences of Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant disaster. From there, we’ll visit Australia with conservation photographer Sam Edmonds and finish up in Shanghai with Giulia Marchi.