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Sebastião Salgado

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Address: Amazonas Images
93 Quai Valmy
Paris
75010
France



Documentary
Influence: Contemporary influential






DESCRIPTION / BIOGRAPHY
Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado is renowned for his images documenting life on Earth, from disorienting images of gold mines in Brazil to hellish pictures of blazing oil wells in Kuwait. Through his expansive, yet finely detailed black-and-white photographs, Salgado reveals both awe-inspiring and horrifying scenes from some of the most far-flung corners of the world, presenting us with his own unique vision of our vast planet.

Salgado was born in 1944 in Aimorés, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He now lives in Paris. Having studied economics, he began work as an economist for the International Coffee Organization, often travelling to Africa on missions for the World Bank, when he first started seriously taking photographs. He chose to abandon a career as an economist and switched to photography in 1973, working initially on news assignments before veering more towards documentary-type work. He worked with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos until 1994, when he and Lélia Wanick Salgado formed Amazonas images, an agency created exclusively for his work.

He has travelled in over 100 countries for his photographic projects. His work has appeared in numerous press publications, and has also been presented in books including; Other Americas (1986), Sahel: l’homme en détresse (1986), Sahel: el fin del camino (1988), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations and Portraits (2000), and Africa (2007). Touring exhibitions of this work have been presented throughout the world.

Salgado has explored the consequences of industrialisation and globalisation on the underprivileged. For his book Workers, for example, he spent six years in the late Eighties and early Nineties travelling to 23 countries to photograph miners, tea pickers, fishermen and others involved in large-scale industrial manual labour.

Genesis his third long-term series on global issues was a quest to capture nature in its original state, began in 2004. During his travels across the globe, he documented arctic and desert landscapes, tropical rainforests, marine and other wildlife, and communities still living according to ancestral traditions.

Sebastião Salgado has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments. He is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and an honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States.

A feature-length documentary about the artist, The Salt of the Earth, directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, won the Special Jury Prize at Cannes in May 2014. Salgado has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments. He has twice been named photographer of the year by the International Center of Photography. Salgado is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and an honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States.

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