Known to ecologists as the world’s second lung, the Congo Basin is the Earth’s other Amazon – as vital to preventing runaway Climate Change as the Brazilian rainforest and as vulnerable to deforestation and abuse. Yet the Congo Basin falls far short of the Amazon when it comes to the world’s awareness of it as a major player in the global environment, a cathedral of nature’s treasures, and a stopgap against looming ecological catastrophe.
The groundbreaking photo series Congo Tales is intended to help solve this lack of awareness. In Congo Tales, national Congolese who live in the Mbomo district of the Congo Basin staged their never-before recorded mythology for fine art portrait photographer Pieter Henket under the canopy of ancient rainforest from which they sprang, communicating the magic and mystery of this little-understood place, and its incalculable value to the planet.
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Pieter Henket’s photographs from Congo Tales are being auctioned on January 13, 2019 at Christie’s, Germany.
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