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Coal miners, Dhanbad, Bihar, India, 1989

Sebastião Salgado

Coal miners, Dhanbad, Bihar, India, 1989

Following his studies at São Paulo University in Brazil and at Vanderbilt University in the United States, Sebastião Salgado worked with the International Coffee Organization for which he traveled extensively. It is during these trips that he started taking pictures, and in 1973, he left his job to begin a career in photography. He has never stopped travelling since. He partnered with photo agencies such as Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos up until 1994, at which point he and his wife, Lélia Wanick Salgado, founded the Amazonas Images agency.> Read more

His projects are conceived and created as long-term endeavors, and presented in exhibitions and books which are characterized by a strong visual coherence. From 1977 to 1984, Salgado journeyed through Latin America and visited its most remote mountain villages. The resulting photographs were published in Otras Americas in 1986. Salgado began another extensive project that same year examining the global production system, and for which he traveled to twenty-six countries. His goal was to reveal and explain the evolution of manual labor. Published under the French title “La main de l’homme”, the book Workers was released in 1993.

In 1994, Salgado started focusing on the constant increase in human migration caused by political events. Throughout the rest of the decade, he published thirty-six stories on this serious topic. He assembled them in Migration, published in 2000 along with The Children, which highlighted the plight of the youngest of these refugees.

His photo essays have been largely rewarded. For instance, he received the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in Humanistic Photography in 1982, a World Press Photo in 1985, and a Visa d'Or at the Visa pour l'Image festival in 1990.

Salgado's commitment goes beyond his photographs. In 1998, he successfully converted the land he had inherited from his family in Brazil into a nature reserve and created the Instituto Terra, whose aim is to replenish the country's depleted Atlantic forest. Furthermore, having collaborated with Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization on numerous occasions, he was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.

Since 2004, Salgado has been working on a new monumental project entitled Genesis; a collection of black and white photographs of landscapes, fauna, flora, and communities who still live according to ancestral ways and traditions. 

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

Genesis

Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2013

Genesis

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, FRance, 201"

La main de l'Homme

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, États-Unis, 1997

La main de l'Homme

George Eastman House, Rochester, USA, 1995

La main de l'Homme

International Center of Photography, New York City, USA, 1995

La main de l'Homme

Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1994

Africa

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, 2009

Autres Amériques

Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France, 1991

Autres Amériques

Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1987

Exodes

Barbican Gallery, Londres, UK, 2003

Exodes

International Center of Photography, New York City, USA, 2001

Exodes

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2000

Exodes

George Eastman House, Rochester, USA, 2000

Rétrospective

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1993

Sahel: l'homme en détresse

Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1987

Sahel: l'homme en détresse

Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France, 1986

Une certaine grâce

International Center of Photography, New York City, USA, 1991

Une certaine grâce

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, États-Unis, 1990

Press

Sebastião Salgado : Pour tout l'amour du monde

Polka #24, novembre 2013

Sebastião Salgado : Le cadeau des Salgado

Polka #22, juin 2013

Sebastião Salgado : Genesis in London

Paris Match, april 2013

Sebastião Salgado : Madfor Culture

MadFor Madame Figaro, novembre 2013

Sebastião Salgado : Par Joëlle Ody

Polka #1, novembre 2007

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Le Tour de France Le Tour de France Le Tour de France Le Tour de France Le Tour de France

Sebastião Salgado

Le Tour de France
July 2 - 30 2016
Sebastiao Salgado curated by Wim Wenders Sebastiao Salgado curated by Wim Wenders Sebastiao Salgado curated by Wim Wenders Sebastiao Salgado curated by Wim Wenders Sebastiao Salgado curated by Wim Wenders

Sebastião Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado curated by Wim Wenders
November 8 - December 20, 2014
Sebastião Salgado Sebastião Salgado Sebastião Salgado Sebastião Salgado Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado
November 9, 2013 - January 18, 2014
Afriques Afriques Afriques Afriques Afriques

Sebastião Salgado

Afriques
November 10 - December 31, 2011
Polka Magazine # 1 Polka Magazine # 1 Polka Magazine # 1 Polka Magazine # 1 Polka Magazine # 1

Sebastião Salgado

Polka Magazine # 1
Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition Femmes du Monde Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition Femmes du Monde Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition Femmes du Monde Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition Femmes du Monde Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition Femmes du Monde

Sebastião Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition Femmes du Monde
November 10th 2017 - January 20th 2018

Selected Publications

Autres Amériques Autres Amériques Autres Amériques Autres Amériques Autres Amériques

Sebastião Salgado

Autres Amériques
contrejour, 2015
La main de l'homme La main de l'homme La main de l'homme La main de l'homme La main de l'homme

Sebastião Salgado

La main de l'homme
Editions de la Martinière, 2014
Genesis Genesis Genesis Genesis Genesis

Sebastião Salgado

Genesis
Taschen, 2013
Africa Africa Africa Africa Africa

Sebastião Salgado

Africa
Taschen, 2011
Sahel: The End of the Road Sahel: The End of the Road Sahel: The End of the Road Sahel: The End of the Road Sahel: The End of the Road

Sebastião Salgado

Sahel: The End of the Road
University of California Press, 2004
Migrations Migrations Migrations Migrations Migrations

Sebastião Salgado

Migrations
Aperture, 2000
Workers Workers Workers Workers Workers

Sebastião Salgado

Workers
Aperture
An Uncertain Grace An Uncertain Grace An Uncertain Grace An Uncertain Grace An Uncertain Grace

Sebastião Salgado

An Uncertain Grace
Aperture
Other Americas Other Americas Other Americas Other Americas Other Americas

Sebastião Salgado

Other Americas
Pantheon Books
Photopoche Photopoche Photopoche Photopoche Photopoche

Sebastião Salgado

Photopoche
Actes Sud
Territoires et vies Territoires et vies Territoires et vies Territoires et vies Territoires et vies

Sebastião Salgado

Territoires et vies
BNF

Following his studies at São Paulo University in Brazil and at Vanderbilt University in the United States, Sebastião Salgado worked with the International Coffee Organization for which he traveled extensively. It is during these trips that he started taking pictures, and in 1973, he left his job to begin a career in photography. He has never stopped travelling since. He partnered with photo agencies such as Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos up until 1994, at which point he and his wife, Lélia Wanick Salgado, founded the Amazonas Images agency.> Read more

His projects are conceived and created as long-term endeavors, and presented in exhibitions and books which are characterized by a strong visual coherence. From 1977 to 1984, Salgado journeyed through Latin America and visited its most remote mountain villages. The resulting photographs were published in Otras Americas in 1986. Salgado began another extensive project that same year examining the global production system, and for which he traveled to twenty-six countries. His goal was to reveal and explain the evolution of manual labor. Published under the French title “La main de l’homme”, the book Workers was released in 1993.

In 1994, Salgado started focusing on the constant increase in human migration caused by political events. Throughout the rest of the decade, he published thirty-six stories on this serious topic. He assembled them in Migration, published in 2000 along with The Children, which highlighted the plight of the youngest of these refugees.

His photo essays have been largely rewarded. For instance, he received the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in Humanistic Photography in 1982, a World Press Photo in 1985, and a Visa d'Or at the Visa pour l'Image festival in 1990.

Salgado's commitment goes beyond his photographs. In 1998, he successfully converted the land he had inherited from his family in Brazil into a nature reserve and created the Instituto Terra, whose aim is to replenish the country's depleted Atlantic forest. Furthermore, having collaborated with Doctors Without Borders, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization on numerous occasions, he was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador in 2001.

Since 2004, Salgado has been working on a new monumental project entitled Genesis; a collection of black and white photographs of landscapes, fauna, flora, and communities who still live according to ancestral ways and traditions. 

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Exhibitions at Polka Galerie

Le Tour de France Le Tour de France Le Tour de France Le Tour de France Le Tour de France

Sebastião Salgado

Le Tour de France
July 2 - 30 2016
Sebastiao Salgado curated by Wim Wenders Sebastiao Salgado curated by Wim Wenders Sebastiao Salgado curated by Wim Wenders Sebastiao Salgado curated by Wim Wenders Sebastiao Salgado curated by Wim Wenders

Sebastião Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado curated by Wim Wenders
November 8 - December 20, 2014
Sebastião Salgado Sebastião Salgado Sebastião Salgado Sebastião Salgado Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado
November 9, 2013 - January 18, 2014
Afriques Afriques Afriques Afriques Afriques

Sebastião Salgado

Afriques
November 10 - December 31, 2011
Polka Magazine # 1 Polka Magazine # 1 Polka Magazine # 1 Polka Magazine # 1 Polka Magazine # 1

Sebastião Salgado

Polka Magazine # 1
Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition Femmes du Monde Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition Femmes du Monde Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition Femmes du Monde Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition Femmes du Monde Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition Femmes du Monde

Sebastião Salgado

Sebastiao Salgado Exhibition Femmes du Monde
November 10th 2017 - January 20th 2018

Selected Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions

Genesis

Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, 2013

Genesis

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, FRance, 201"

La main de l'Homme

Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, États-Unis, 1997

La main de l'Homme

George Eastman House, Rochester, USA, 1995

La main de l'Homme

International Center of Photography, New York City, USA, 1995

La main de l'Homme

Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1994

Africa

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan, 2009

Autres Amériques

Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France, 1991

Autres Amériques

Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1987

Exodes

Barbican Gallery, Londres, UK, 2003

Exodes

International Center of Photography, New York City, USA, 2001

Exodes

Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France, 2000

Exodes

George Eastman House, Rochester, USA, 2000

Rétrospective

National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan, 1993

Sahel: l'homme en détresse

Musée de l'Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland, 1987

Sahel: l'homme en détresse

Rencontres d'Arles, Arles, France, 1986

Une certaine grâce

International Center of Photography, New York City, USA, 1991

Une certaine grâce

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, États-Unis, 1990

Selected Publications

Autres Amériques Autres Amériques Autres Amériques Autres Amériques Autres Amériques

Sebastião Salgado

Autres Amériques
contrejour, 2015
La main de l'homme La main de l'homme La main de l'homme La main de l'homme La main de l'homme

Sebastião Salgado

La main de l'homme
Editions de la Martinière, 2014
Genesis Genesis Genesis Genesis Genesis

Sebastião Salgado

Genesis
Taschen, 2013
Africa Africa Africa Africa Africa

Sebastião Salgado

Africa
Taschen, 2011
Sahel: The End of the Road Sahel: The End of the Road Sahel: The End of the Road Sahel: The End of the Road Sahel: The End of the Road

Sebastião Salgado

Sahel: The End of the Road
University of California Press, 2004
Migrations Migrations Migrations Migrations Migrations

Sebastião Salgado

Migrations
Aperture, 2000
Workers Workers Workers Workers Workers

Sebastião Salgado

Workers
Aperture
An Uncertain Grace An Uncertain Grace An Uncertain Grace An Uncertain Grace An Uncertain Grace

Sebastião Salgado

An Uncertain Grace
Aperture
Other Americas Other Americas Other Americas Other Americas Other Americas

Sebastião Salgado

Other Americas
Pantheon Books
Photopoche Photopoche Photopoche Photopoche Photopoche

Sebastião Salgado

Photopoche
Actes Sud
Territoires et vies Territoires et vies Territoires et vies Territoires et vies Territoires et vies

Sebastião Salgado

Territoires et vies
BNF

Press

Sebastião Salgado : Pour tout l'amour du monde

Polka #24, novembre 2013

Sebastião Salgado : Le cadeau des Salgado

Polka #22, juin 2013

Sebastião Salgado : Genesis in London

Paris Match, april 2013

Sebastião Salgado : Madfor Culture

MadFor Madame Figaro, novembre 2013

Sebastião Salgado : Par Joëlle Ody

Polka #1, novembre 2007