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Sebastião Salgado's Expansive Genesis Exhibition

The Brazilian photographer's earth-spanning collection of landscapes, animals and indigenous people hits the US for the first time

by Hans Aschim in Culture on 19 September 2014

Conservation, Exhibits, Photography, International Center of Photography, Landscapes, NYC, Seascapes, Wildlife Photography


Eight years ago, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado set out to document the remaining unspoiled parts of our planet, wanting to draw attention to the ever-pressing issue of climate change and environmental degradation. No stranger to long-form projects focused on global issues—"Workers" (1993) and "Migrations" (2000) both examine labor inequity and population movements—Salgado's "Genesis" is a vast body of work and tackles subjects that are equally grand. Composed of over 200 stunning large-scale black and white photographs, the exhibition makes its first US appearance—opening today, 19 September—at New York's International Center of Photography.

It is testimony that our planet still harbors vast and remote regions where nature reigns in silent and pristine majesty.

While the body of work has been available in book form since 2013, the exhibition allows the photos to speak to their true potential, under carefully considered light and in large format. Experiencing the exhibition is at once informative, emotional, humbling and gives the viewer a jarringly majestic view of nature as pure art. "'Genesis' is a quest for the world as it was, as it was formed, as it evolved, as it existed for millennia before modern life accelerated and began distancing us from the very essence of our being," writes Lélia Wanick Salgado, designer and curator of "Genesis" (and also Sebastião's Salgado wife), in a statement. "It is testimony that our planet still harbors vast and remote regions where nature reigns in silent and pristine majesty."


After eight years of shooting around the world—from Madagascar to Zambia to Colorado and Antarctica—the Salgados divided the body of landscapes, wildlife shots, seascapes and people into five geographical regions: Sanctuaries, Planet South, Africa, Amazonia and Pantanal, and Northern Spaces. The walls of the gallery for each section have been painted a corresponding color that embodies the tone and feel of each region—effectively adding to the drama of the already enchanting photos and giving each section an identity of its own. For example, the Africa portion of the exhibition is given a deep red, as a reference to the rich color of African soil and sanguine sunsets.


"Each year the President of the United States has the State of the Union address for us; this is the State of the Union for the planet," says Sebastião Salgado, an impassioned conservationist after seeing the rainforest in his native Brazil (literally his backyard as child) disappear over the years. "It's the part of [the planet] that we together must protect if we want to survive as a species," the artist adds. Through dramatic images that illustrate his mastery of light and composition, he portrays the earth in many shades: grand, powerful and bold but also vulnerable, precious and idiosyncratic. It's an undeniably beautiful reminder of what's permanently at stake.

Sebastião Salgado's "Genesis" opens today, 19 September, for the first time in the US at New York's International Center of Photography. The two-floor exhibition runs through 11 January 2015. The show has openings slated throughout the world through 2016.

Images courtesy of Sebastião Salgado and International Center of Photography

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Tuju, São Paulo

A restaurant with its own greenhouse, taking farm-to-table to another level

by CH Contributor in Food + Drink on 19 September 2014

Architecture, Brazil, Decor, Design, Food + Drink, Sao Paulo, Dining, Restaurants

by Jorge Grimberg


In São Paulo, a new restaurant has taken the search for local suppliers to the next level. “All we have planted here is eatable, from the greenhouse to the front garden," Ivan Raslton Bielawski—the eatery's 29-year-old chef—tells CH. Tuju, located at Vila Madalena (the original bohemian neighborhood of São Paulo) is a symbol of the recent and ongoing evolution of the area, which is transitioning from a hippie town to a design-conscious and forward-looking place.


Bielawski's menu is succinct, but playful, blending Brazilian traditions with global tinges in dishes like beans with foie gras or paella with local crayfish. “I create uniting product, technique and culture. For example, the duck cannelloni in tucupi [a traditional yellow sauce made from manioc root] is the gathering of Brazilian and Italian cultures with our in-house spices."


The design of the restaurant has been meticulously defined by studio Vapor 324, where partners Rodrigo Oliveira, Thomas Frenk, Fabio Riff and Fabricio Lenci created an environment defined by the chef’s desire to have all the ingredients on hand—with some extra style lent from the use of local materials. The furniture was designed specially for Tuju by Garupa Estudio and includes modernist wooden chairs and benches.

When diners enter the restaurant, they step right into an open kitchen—"the central space of any Brazilian house." The same flooring takes customers from the street into the bar and then the main dining space. This openness creates a transparency in the processes and creation of each dish that makes the restaurant friendly and oozing a fresh vibe.

Tuju is located at Rua Fradique Coutinho, 1248, Vila Madalena São Paulo.

Images courtesy of Tuju

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Six iPhone 6 Cases

Sexy protective options for those who know better than to leave their device naked

by Graham Hiemstra in Tech on 19 September 2014

Apple, Tech Accessories, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone Cases

At long last, the iPhone 6 has been unveiled—along with the even more anticipated Apple Watch. As assumed, the phone sports a larger screen and therefore larger profile in general, meaning it's time to start thinking about what sort of cover will best protect your latest investment without putting a dampener on your style. From battery-imbedded to leather-wrapped and metal-forged, the following six cases offer a range of options for keeping your new iPhone 6 safe.

Apple iPhone 6 Leather Case

It's no surprise one of the sleekest cases to debut alongside the new Apple phone comes from the Cupertino-based maker itself. A single piece of leather wraps the case while a microfiber lining protects the phone from inside. Plus the color is deep-dyed, ensuring it won't rub off after initial use. Find it from Apple for $45.

Squair Dimple Bumper

The nearest thing to going without a case, is a bumper. And while we'd certainly prefer to keep our iPhone unsheathed, it's not the smartest option. Smart, The Dimple is. The immaculately crafted bumper is made of a single piece of "Extra Super Duralumin"—a superior grade, age-hardened aluminum—to ensure your phone stays safe for longer than you'll likely own it. The intricate diamond-like pattern is rather lovely too—though one would expect nothing less from a $500, Japanese-made case.

Calypsocase Wallet

As we've seen before, CalypsoCase offers some extremely well-made options in the phone accessory world. And that certainly holds true for the simply named, limited edition Wallet—which is in fact more of a pouch than a case, but who's counting. As we'll soon see the need to carry multiple credit cards dwindle (thanks to the introduction of Apple Pay) this clever accessory is even more useful. The distinctive, handmade leather wallet sells for $149.

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Silk Pureview Slim Case

Designed for minimal aesthetic impact, the low profile Pureview Slim case covers nearly all sides of the device to ensure maximum protection, while leaving the back clear for viewing—or stashing a picture of your favorite pet like a picture frame. Two colorways compliment all phone iterations, and embellished corners help diffuse impact when dropped. For $12, it's one of the best (and most affordable) bets out there.

BuQu Tech PowerArmour

As we all have unfortunately found out before, phone batteries never last quite as long we'd like—though the new 6 does boast a better life. For drop-protection and battery extension, there's the PowerArmour from BuQu Tech. With just the right number of bells and whistles—on/off switch to conserve juice, LED lights to gauge the charge, secure fit—it's functional without looking like something MacGyver would carry. Plus it doubles your battery life—which is pretty great for $80.

Native Union CLIC Wooden Case

There's something so attractive about organic materials juxtaposed against the cold steel and glass of an iPhone. As we've seen before, Native Union does this well, and their CLIC Wooden (now available for iPhone 6) is always a favorite. And, of course, a little pop of color never hurts. Available for pre-order now for $40, with delivery expected for early October.

Images courtesy of each respective brand

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