Sebastião Salgado’s shots of a burning Kuwait, 1991

The Brazilian photographer's shocking images of Kuwait's devastated oilfields have now been published as a book

“I made exactly 200 rolls of film in 40 days, I lost a lot of pictures because walking close to the fire was very hot. Sometimes it provoked a fire inside my camera that destroyed all the pictures. But what impressed me was this apocalyptical light.”

Sebastião Salgado's shots of a burning Kuwait, 1991
As the US–led coalition drove Iraqi forces out of Kuwait, Hussein’s troops retaliated with an inferno. From Kuwait: A Desert on Fire © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas, courtesy Taschen
Sebastião Salgado's shots of a burning Kuwait, 1991
Fireball, Greater Burhan Oil Field. From Kuwait: A Desert on Fire © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas, courtesy Taschen
Sebastião Salgado's shots of a burning Kuwait, 1991
The scorched-earth policy began in January 1991 and increased in February as the ground war got underway. From Kuwait: A Desert on Fire © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas, courtesy Taschen
Sebastião Salgado's shots of a burning Kuwait, 1991
According to oil expert Larry Flak, 90% of all the fires in Kuwait were put out with nothing but sea water. From Kuwait: A Desert on Fire © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas, courtesy Taschen
Sebastião Salgado's shots of a burning Kuwait, 1991
Concerted efforts to bring the fires and other damage under control began in April 1991. From Kuwait: A Desert on Fire © Sebastian Salgado/Amazonas, courtesy Taschen
Sebastião Salgado's shots of a burning Kuwait, 1991
A round 700 oil wells were set alight, causing an environmental disaster for the local people and farmers. From Kuwait: A Desert on Fire © Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas, courtesy Taschen

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