In 1991, Brazilian documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado travelled to Kuwait to capture the destruction that ensued after Saddam Hussein ordered his troop to set fire to a reported 600 – 700 oil wells and oil-filled areas like trenches and lakes, causing fires and a giant black cloud to descend over the region.
Sabastião photographs first appeared in The New York Times Magazine in June 1991 and subsequent places since. In a new book by Taschen, the publisher has gathered together Sabastião’s images to create, Sebastião Salgado. Kuwait. A Desert on Fire, the first monograph made of the series.