Sebastião Salgado (1944)

One of the world’s most famous social documentary photographers, Sebastião Salgado, dedicated his life to travelling and capturing the Earth and the various faces of human destiny. Born in Brazil, he has travelled to more than one hundred and twenty countries around the world for his typically long-term photography projects. His black and white photographs often capture the immaculate faces of nature and society – remote regions, wildlife, and human communities that continue to live in compliance with their traditions and cultures of their ancestors. With a strong sense of social justice, he also sought to capture the vanishing world of manual labour in the world’s poorest corners, and thus the end of the industrial revolution, without undermining the dignity of the workers. For example, his series entitled Gold (1986) depicts the hard-working labourers in the Brazilian gold mine of Serra Pelada, drawing beholders into the human bustle of the gold rush and confronting them with the brutal reality of exploiting nature and the working class. With great empathy, he also captured starvation in Africa and the fate of people living in slums on the outskirts of large cities. Environmental activism, in which Salgado has been engaged for a long time, is also closely related to his photographic work. (He has been involved in restoring the Amazon rainforest since the 1990s; he has already turned thousands of acres into nature reserves and established the Instituto Terra, which specialises in reforestation, nature conservation, and environmental education.) Salgado has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2001, and in 1992 he was awarded the Foreign Honorary Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Between 1979 and 1994, he was a member of the international cooperative of photographers, Magnum Photos. After leaving, he formed his own agency, Amazonas Images, in Paris.

Selected exhibitions:
Sebastião Salgado, Amazônia, Science Museum, London, GBR, 2021
Sebastião Salgado, Gold, Fotografiska Tallinn, Estonia, EST 2020
Sebastião Salgado, Déclarations, Musée de l‘Homme, Paris, FRA. 2018–2019
Sebastião Salgado, Genesis, The International Center of Photography, New York, USA,  2014–2015
Sebastião Salgado, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore, SGP, 2014

Gold Mine of Serra Pelada
1986, Pará, Brazil
photograph (silver gelatin print)
signed, 60 × 50 cm
framed, glazed, numbered
Author’s Certificate of Authenticity included

Summer Art Salon 2022

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Gold Mine of Serra Pelada
1986, Pará, Brazil
photograph (silver gelatin print) signed, 130 × 90 cm
framed, glazed, numbered
Author’s Certificate of Authenticity included

Summer Art Salon 2022

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Gold Mine of Serra Pelada
1986, Pará, Brazil
photograph (silver gelatin print) signed, 40 × 30 cm
framed, glazed, numbered, Author’s Certificate of Authenticity included

Summer Art Salon 2022

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Gold Mine of Serra Pelada
1986, Pará, Brazil
photograph (silver gelatin print) signed, 130 × 180 cm
framed, glazed, numbered
Author’s Certificate of Authenticity included

Summer Art Salon 2022

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