"A Desert on Fire" is the title that Salgado gave this series created in 1991. Now (2016) the first edition with the complete body of work has been published by TASCHEN. Featuring not only a total of over 100 photos, yet also a look back over his time and the experiences that he had throughout his time shooting this travesty.
The series was originally created for The New York Times Magazine after Salgado wrote to the editor asking whether he would get the possibility to portray this crisis in Kuwait; with over 700 oil wells having been sabotaged. Salgado was also awarded the Oskar Barnack Award for the series which he created.
In a Interview Salgado talks about the huge struggles of shooting in such extreme conditions. He shot exactly 200 rolls of film in those 40 days, however, many got destroyed due to the huge amount of heat close to the oil wells. The rolls would suddenly alight within the camera, and 100s of images got destroyed, his smallest lens warped and two colleagues were killed. Over decades Salgado has captured many a human disaster yet when shooting this project Salgado said:
"Never before or since have I witnessed an unnatural distaster on such a scale"
The book is printed in beautiful quality as expected with Taschen books, the photos are printed with huge detail and the photos are both shocking, yet oh so stunning; capturing not only the huge damages caused yet also the raw exhaustion that the workers suffered.
His now 11th book, was once again directed and designed by his wife Lelia Salgado; who has chosen to print the majority of the photographs full page with a large interview and memoir by Sebastiao Salgado at the forefront of the book, which includes him talking about the creation and effort which it took to create such an extensive series under incredibly harsh conditions.
The book is available in 3 editions, 1,000 numbered Collector’s Edition signed, Art Edition limited to 100 numbered copies, each with a signed silver gelatin print as well as the standard hardback format.