http://www.earthisland.org/eijournal/winter2010/images/1kwordsFull/05-1-450-43.jpg Iceberg, Antarctic Canal. 2005 Sebastiao Salgado - Iceberg Between the Paulet Island and the Shetland Islands, Antartica
Sebastião Salgado 2/2• Sebastião Salgado was born on February 8th, 1944 in Aimorés, in the state of MinasGerais, Brazil. He lives in Paris. Having studied economics, Salgado began his careeras a professional photographer in 1973 in Paris, working with the photoagencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos until 1994, when he and LéliaWanick Salgado formed Amazonas images, an agency created exclusively for hiswork.He has travelled in over 100 countries for his photographic projects. Most of these,besides appearing in numerous press publications, have also been presented inbooks such as Other Americas (1986),Sahel: l’homme en détresse (1986), Sahel: elfin del camino (1988), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations and Portraits (2000),and Africa (2007). Touring exhibitions of this work have been, and continue to be,presented throughout the world.Sebastião Salgado has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes inrecognition of his accomplishments. He is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and anhonorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States.
• In 2004, Sebastião Salgado began a project namedGenesis, aiming at thepresentation of the unblemished faces of nature and humanity. It consists of a seriesof photographs of landscapes and wildlife, as well as of human communities thatcontinue to live in accordance with their ancestral traditions and cultures. This body ofwork is conceived as a potential path to humanity’s rediscovery of itself in nature.Together, Lélia and Sebastião have worked since the 1990’s on the restoration of asmall part of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. In 1998 they succeeded in turning this landinto a nature reserve and created the Instituto Terra. The Instituto is dedicated to amission of reforestation, conservation and environmental education.
• «That is why I always hope that my pictures will provoke a debate. I know that thesepictures alone are nothing. But these pictures, together with humanitarianorganizations, with the newspapers, and with the children, all together, can probablybuild a new society. And the question is how to do so. I believe we can do this byopening up a dialogue. We must open our minds to a discussion. We must start thediscussion with our neighbors, in our streets, with our community. Maybe this wouldcause us to elect responsible people who compete to bring forth new, good ideas.The people want new ideas. »• « We have change the scale of value of goods produced here in the northern part ofthe planet: the computers, the high technology products. They have a price a veryinflated price. And the products produced in southern part of the planet they have aprice, and that price keeps decreasing.• In the end, globalization - I came to understand during those years - is an incrediblesystem that we have created in order to to transfer wealth from one part of the planetto the other.• It is not that you work in the US more than the others, not that the French more thanthe Africans, that’s not true. In Africa, I saw these guys working hard, twelve hours aday to produce. »(excerpts from Sebastião Salgado lecture in his "Migrations" show at the Berkeley ArtMuseum, February 2002)• http://townsendcenter.berkeley.edu/pubs/OP26_Salgado.pdf
main photographic essays1978 On the problems of accommodation and conditions of living in the "4000 Habitations" LaCourneuve, suburb of Paris. Work ordered by the Local Council in order to set up a majorexhibition exposing this problem.1979 Photographic research on the varying degrees of success of how immigrants haveintegrated themselves in European Society. Work mainly carried in France, Holland,Germany, Portugal and Italy.1977/84 Research on the condition of living of peasants and the cultural resistance of the Indiansand their descendants in Latin America. Work mainly carried out from Mexico to Brazil.1984/85 Work about the devastating effects of the drought in the Sahel region of Africa, workingwith the humanitarian aid group Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders).1986/92 Documentary project on the end of large-scale manual labor, working in 26 countries.1994/99 Population Movements around the World. 36 photographic investigations on migration,throughout the world.2001 Series of reportages on the global polio eradication campaign done by UNICEF andWHO.2004 Beginning of Genesis, a series of black-and-white photographs of landscapes, wildlifeand human aspects, aiming to depict the unblemished faces of nature and humanity.
THE CHILDREN: Refugees and Migrants• In The Children: Refugees and Migrants, Sebastião Salgado gives us portraits ofchildren under the age of fifteen from Mozambique, Rwanda, Croatia, Burundi, HongKong, Indonesia, Vietnam, India, Brazil, Afghanistan, Iraq, Turkey, Angola, and manyother countries who will bear the burden of an uncertain future. Part of a majorexhibition at the United Nations in New York City during the Millenium Assembly in2000, The Children is a companion volume to Salgados Migrations.
GENESIS• Genesis is a long-term photographic project, in line with the main bodies of workcarried out previously by Sebastião Salgado; for example, the series of reportagespresented in Workers or the series on the theme of the population movements aroundthe world, that appeared in Migrations. This new project is about our planet earth,nature and its beauty, and what remains of it today despite the manifold destructioncaused by human activity. Genesis is an attempt to portray the beauty and themajesty of regions that are still in a pristine condition, areas where landscapes andwildlife are still unspoiled, places where human communities continue to liveaccording to their ancient culture and traditions.Genesis is about seeing and marvelling, about understanding the necessity for theprotection of all this; and finally it is about inspiring action for this preservation. Theshooting of this series of photographic reportages began in 2004 and is due forcompletion in 2012. Like other work of Sebastião Salgado, the Genesisreportageshave been, and continue to be, published in, among others, France’s Paris Match, theUSA’s Rolling Stone, Spain’s La Vanguardia, Portugal’s Visão, the UnitedKingdom’s The Guardian and in Italy’s La Repubblica.
• Once the project is completed, an international presentation of the images will bemade in the form of one or several books and exhibitions.Until now twenty reportages have been completed: they include the GalapagosIslands in Ecuador, Antarctica and the Bushmen of Botswana.The Genesis project is being produced with the support ofChristensen Fund, of Susanand Mark Buell in the USA and of especially the Vale company in Brazil.
Sebastião Salgado books• Portoguese-language editions.• Trabalhadores (1996) ISBN 8571645884• Terra (1997) ISBN 8420428744• Serra Pelada (1999) ISBN 2097542700• Outras Américas (1999) ISBN 8571649030• Retratos de Crianças do Êxodo (2000) ISBN 8571649359• Exodos (2000) ISBN 8571649340• O Fim do Pólio (2003) ISBN 8535903690• Um Incerto Estado de Graça (2004) ISBN 9722109839• O Berço da Desigualdade (2005) ISBN 8576520389• África (2007) ISBN 3822856223• English-language editions.• An Uncertain Grace (1992)• Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Age (1993), includes photos from 26 countries• Terra (1997)• Migrations (2000), includes photos from 39 countries• The Children: Refugees and Migrants (2000)• Sahel: The End of the Road (2004)• Afrika (2007)
• French-language editions.• Les Hmongs, Médecins sans frontières, Chêne/Hachette, Paris, 1982• Sahel: lHomme en Détresse, Prisma Presse and Centre National de la Photographie, pourMédecins sans frontières, France, 1986• Autres Amériques, Contrejour, 1986• La Main de lHomme, Éditions de La Martinière, France, 1993• La mine dor de Serra Pelada, Galerie Debret, Paris, 1994• Terra, Éditions de La Martinière, France, 1997• Exodus, Éditions de La Martinière, Paris, 2000• Lhomme et leau, Éditions Terre Bleue, Paris, 2005• Africa, avec Mia Couto et Lélia Wanick Salgado, Tashen France, Paris, 2007• German-language editions.• Workers - Arbeiter. Zur Archäologie des Industriezeitalters. Verlag Zweitausendeins, Frankfurtam Main 1993, Bildband• Terra. Verlag Zweitausendeins, Frankfurt am Main 1997, Bildband• Migranten. Verlag Zweitausendeins, Frankfurt am Main 2000, Bildband• Kinder der Migration. Verlag Zweitausendeins, Frankfurt am Main 2000, Bildband• The End of Polio. Dokumentation der UNICEF-Kampagne zur Bekämpfung der Kinderlähmung• Photo Pocket. Edition Braus im Wachter Verlag, 2006, ISBN 978-3-89904-238-2• Afrika. Taschen Verlag, Köln 2007, ISBN 978-3-8228-5621-5, Bildband