Sebastião Salgado releases ground-breaking photography book for the blind

Amazônia Touch by Sebastião Salgado
(Image credit: © Sebastião Salgado | Taschen)

Sebastião Salgado is one of the most influential photographers of all time, not to mention a renowned environmentalist and conservationist. At the heart of his work, he has focused on his deep love and respect for nature, while also documenting the socio-economic conditions that impact human beings. His work is selfless and caring. 

This is even more evident with his new release, Amazônia Touch. Working with the French VISIO Foundation, Sebastião Salgado and wife and co-designer Lélia Wanick Salgado, have created an exceptional project, that will allow the blind and people with visual impairments, to experience his photographic work. 

• See our guide to the best audiobooks for photographers

Amazônia Touch by Sebastião Salgado (Image credit: © Sebastião Salgado | Taschen)

Published by Taschen, this special project consists of a box of 21 'three-dimensional tactile transcriptions', from the Amazônia project, featuring 18 photographs and three regional geographical maps. These transcriptions will allow readers to experience Salgado's work through their fingertips, for the first time. The 21 relief plates are accompanied by a brochure of the images, along with written texts, and an audio description of works.

The reliefs were created by using brass plates and an ancient process of embossing and stamping on Pachica paper.

Released in 2022, Amazônia by Sebastião Salgado is a tour de force that depicts life in the Amazon. Salgado spent seven years traveling through the Brazilian Amazonian biome. Along the way, he captured mountains, rainforests, clouds, and wildlife, and much like his work in Genesis, he introduced us to the immense power of nature.

By photographing the native peoples of the area, Salgado gives us an insight into their daily life and provides us with 'an invitation to contemplate those human and environmental factors that are crucial to our planet'. Amazônia issues a 'call for protection of the ecosystem and of Indigenous peoples of the region'.

This edition is unique, and its inclusivity is a refreshing pleasure and one that I hope will be used by many more. Inclusivity and accessibility are not often discussed in photography, which, in my opinion, could be looked at. Projects like this, led by industry leaders such as Salgado and Taschen are a major step in the right direction.

Amazônia Touch by Sebastião Salgado which will be released in January 2024 for $250 / £200, but can be ordered now.

For more information on the best books on photography, the best coffee table books, and the best camera for wildlife photography, see our helpful guides. 

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Kalum Carter
Staff Writer

Kalum Carter is a UK-based photographer, writer, and photo editor. Kalum has been working as a freelance photographer for the best part of ten years, covering a wide range of assignments for well-known brands and publications in areas including portraiture, fashion, and documentary. 

Between commercial assignments, Kalum is currently working on a personal photography project exploring his connection to the Gower region of South Wales UK, as part of an MA in Photography from The University of West England.