One of the images in this haunting photo essay by Tommaso Protti shows a looping stretch of the Amazon River, grand and primordial. We see the river flowing in all its mightiness toward a horizon line concealed in a bank of rain clouds, or perhaps morning mist. The image is a reaffirmation of a natural region that we know to be under threat, one which we hold dear as one of the planet’s last wild places, and the photograph shows it to us as we like to imagine it: no roads score its land surface, no electrical pylons mar the blanket of forest. No hand of man is visible. To see more of Tommaso Protti images and read more of Jon Lee Anderson work. Click here for The New Yorker story.