Photographic coup for BRSLI

A bit of a photographic coup coming up at Bath’s Royal Literary and Scientific Institution with an exhibition of platinum prints taken from the work of Brazilian-born Sebastiao Salgado – who is considered one of the most important documentary photographers working today.


A local collective, PhotoBath have been working with the Institute and Dursley-based 31 Studio – who are the foremost specialists for Platinum and Platinum-Palladium printing in the Uk – to exhibit eight large-format prints at the BRSLI’s central Bath venue in Queen Square from Friday November 11th to Saturday, November 19th and admission will be free.

Performer at the Mount Hagen Sing Sing festival, Papua New Guinea, 2008 ©Sebastiao Salgado/Amazonas Images/

PhotoBath coordinator, Jon Leahy, said the project was ‘a unique opportunity to exhibit a selection of images from one the world’s greatest living photographers.Thanks to the fantastic support from individuals, via our crowd funding campaign, we are now able to make the event happen.

© 31 Studio

Although we have had contributions from USA and Europe, the vast majority of pledges have been from local people and I would like to thank them for their support so far.

In recent years Bath has lacked regular exhibitions from high profile photographers and this is our chance to start the ball rolling again’.

Sebastião Salgado is considered one of the most important documentary photographers working today. He has recently completed ‘Genesis’, a profound and ambitious eight-year project.

It is a remarkable ‘visual tribute to our fragile planet’ represented by a series of wonderfully crafted, black and white images of many still undiscovered locations on our planet.

The critically acclaimed ‘Genesis’ project has already spawned a best-selling book and major exhibitions around the world, as well as Wim Wenders’ Oscar-nominated film,‘The Salt of the Earth’.

The BRSLI in Queen Square

PhotoBath is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving
the profile of fine art and documentary photography in Bath and surrounding areas.

Bath has a long association with photography dating back to the early days of Fox Talbot and, more recently, as the home of the Royal Photographic Society.

Along with the ‘Salgado’ exhibition, PhotoBath are hoping to run a programme of talks and events including a showing of ‘The Salt of the Earth, movie.

Listen to the man himself – and his concerns for humanity and our environment – via the TED talk link below.