This long-term project by legendary Argentine
photographer Sebastião Salgado is an epic tribute
to the preservation of Earth in its natural state—
at least in those places where it can still be found. Raised on a cattle ranch in Brazil, Salgado's reverence for nature inspired an eight-year journey to discover mountains, deserts, jungles, oceans, wildlife, and indigenous peoples in the primordial regions of the world. The riveting collection of more than 200 large-scale black-and-white photographs, described by Salgado as "my love letter to the planet," portray untouched environments that astound the modern eye. In 32 voyages since 2004, Salgado writes, his intent was "not to photograph what is destroyed but what is still pristine, to show what we must hold and protect." Taschen's lush 2013 monograph documents the project geographically—but with grand prints of up to 36x48 inches, this work is best seen on the wall.