Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist, known for his adventures at the ends of earth.
About Sebastião Salgado
Raised on a farm in Brazil, Sebastião Salgado possesses a deep love and respect for nature. He is also particularly sensitive to the ways in which human beings are affected by their socio-economic conditions. He passionately travels the world documenting the poor and powerless, and the grandeur of nature. Earning his fame with riveting black-and-white photographs that draw strength from classic art compositions, Sebastian Salgado’s analog black-and-white photographs are both highly formal and unflinchingly documentary.
Influenced by his training as an economist, and aligned with masters of documentary photography like Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastian Salgado’s photographs focus on the adverse results of globalisation, emphasising the silent drama of photography through his works.
Of the myriad works Sebastião Salgado has produced in his acclaimed career, three long-term projects stand out. First is Workers (1993), a documentation of the vanishing way of life of manual laborers across the world. Second is Migrations (2000), a tribute to mass migration driven by hunger, natural disasters, environmental degradation and demographic pressure. The third work is Genesis (2013).
Genesis (2013) is the result of an epic eight-year expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have so far escaped the imprint of modern society. The project is dedicated to showing the beauty of our planet, reversing the damage done to it, and preserving it for the future. It is a visual tribute to a fragile planet that we all have a duty to protect.
Currently showing at the Nederlands Fotomuseum until 17th September 2017.
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