Sebastião Salgado :: Photographer (Brazilian)

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Born: February 8, 1944 (age 71) | Aimorés, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian photographer and former Magnum associate. With a photojournalistic, monochromatic style that combines complexity with a high sense of drama, his work is dedicated to awareness of conditions of both wildlife and humans. His current work centers around his environmental education center, Institutio Terra.

Biography:

Sebastião Salgado was born in Brazil on February 8, 1944. He grew up on a farm with his seven sisters. Salgado originally pursued a career in economics graduating with his masters degree from the University of São Paulo. After beginning his doctorate, he moved to London and worked as an economist for the International Coffee Organization.

Around the age of 26, he began to develop an interest in photography. It didn’t take long to develop his skill and within several years he decided to pursue a second career as a photo journalist. In 1979 he joined Magnum Photos of which he was a member until starting his own agency in 1994.

Salgado’s early influences included Lewis Hine, W Eugene Smith and Walker Evans. Much like his heros, he developed a style in black and white that found beauty in brutal subjects of poverty, hardship and oppression of various cultures under the wake of industrialization to the native landscape.

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Salgado’s work for years raised global awareness to varying human conditions yielding 2 well known books. The first in 1986 was a 9 year study of rural cultures in Latin America titled “Other Americans”. In 1993 his seminal book Workers revealed the often harsh conditions of large scale industrial sites including oil fields and commercial fisheries.

Other well known photographs include a series in Africa as part of the Doctors Without Borders project. His most famous photographs were his depictions of gold miners in Serra Pelada.

In 2004 his work shifted once again, this time to landscape and wildlife as he began his work on Genesis. Published in 2013, Genesis is a collection of images from some of the most remote parts of the world as Salgado aimed to capture landscape that is completely untouched by humans.

Salgado is also known for his charitable work with organizations such as Doctors Without Borders. He is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and an honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He and his wife founded the photographic agency, Amazonas Images and co-founded the environmental education center, Institutio Terra that works on the restoration of Brazilian rainforests.

 

 

Selected Works

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Books

Sebastiao Salgado: Genesis

Sebastião Salgado: Genesis
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Sebastiao Salgado: Workers

Sebastião Salgado: Workers
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Sebastiao Salgado: Africa

Sebastião Salgado: Africa
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Films

Salt of the Earth http://sonyclassics.com/thesaltoftheearth/
Sebastião Salgado: The silent drama of photography (TED Talk)
Sebastião Salgado :: The Art of Photography
Beetles+Huxley Interview with Sebastião Salgado 2014

Exhibitions

Genesis
Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Canada, May–September 2013
Natural History Museum, London, April–September 2013
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, September 2013–January 2014
National Museum of Singapore, April–August 2014
Palácio das Artes, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, May–August 2014
Fotografiska, Stockholm, June–September 2014
Palazzo della Ragione, Milan, Italy, June–November 2014
International Center of Photography, New York, NY, 19 September 2014 – 11 January 2015
CaixaForum Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain, 9 October 2014 – 1 February 2015
Sejong Center, Seoul, Korea, 15 December 15 2014 – 20 March 20 2015
Cordoaria Nacional, Lisbon, Portugal, April – July 2015
CaixaForum Palma, Palma, Spain, 25 February – 31 May 2015
Amerika Haus Berlin, Berlin, Germany, 18 April – 18 August 2015
Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China, April – June 2015.

Reference

Amazonas Images http://www.amazonasimages.com/
Genesis at ICP http://www.icp.org/exhibitions/sebasti%C3%A3o-salgado-genesis
Salt of the Earth http://sonyclassics.com/thesaltoftheearth/