Today in the Americas, Sebastião Salgado

salgado0Sebastião Salgado, the Brazilian filmmaker and photographer, was born in 1944, 65 years ago, in Aimorés, Minas Gerais, in the southeast of the Brazil.

In order to change the pace of these articles, Salgado earned his stripes like most of us, working as an economist for the International Coffee Organization, traveling abroad for work and pleasure, earning degrees to further one’s career. But it was when he was almost 30 that he abandoned his seemingly well-paying and comfortable career, to be come a photographer. “The pleasure I got from it was enormous,” he said, according to the Times Online. “So enormous, in fact, that I resigned from my job and became a photographer.”

In 1979, he joined Magnum Photos, an international photographic cooperative. Henri Cartier-Breson, co-founder of Magnum Photos, wrote, “Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually.”

This quality brought Salgado to these places on earth, in these photographs below. His work is widely available, and recommended.

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I am from a poor country and I have spent a lot of time working in poor countries. I don’t photograph them to make the rich feel guilty. I photograph them because it’s my life, it’s what I like doing.

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Photographers are lucky because they live to old age…And I hope to carry on taking photographs right until the end. The pleasure I got from my first photos is still there. It’s an enormous pleasure.

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He left in 1994 to form his own agency, Amazonas Images. He has produced a multitude of books including The Other Americas, Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Age (featuring workers from 26 countries), Terra, Migrations (featuring photos from 36 different countries), Children: Refugees and Migrants, Sahel, and most recently Africa. He is now working on a book called Genesis, photographing lands not touched by human beings.

According the French newspaper Le Monde, Salgado is the world’s most widely viewed exponent of his art. He has filled more magazine pages and had more exhibitions than anyone else alive today.

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~ by Daniel on February 8, 2009.

One Response to “Today in the Americas, Sebastião Salgado”

  1. […] to deciding to dedicate a portion of “Today in Latin America” to him. In the spirit of Sebastião Salgado, I will keep the words short and let the pictures […]

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