“It’s not the photographer who makes thepicture, but the person being photographed.”
Born in Brazil on February 8th, 1944. Became interested in photography in 1970.
Attended the first part of secondary school in his hometown of Aimorés. Moved to Vitoria to complete his secondary education in 1962. Left for São Paulo where Sebastião received a Masters in economics.
Sebastião traveled to Africa to document famine.
Moved to Paris to begin his life as a photographer in 1973. Worked as freelancer. Joined Sygma photographic agency in 1974. Joined the Gamma photographic agency in 1975. Photographed Indians and peasants of Latin America during 1977. Left Gamma and joined Magnum Photos in 1979. Salgado remained in Magnum Photos for the next 15 years.
Sebastião Salgado worked on an 18-month project documenting the African famine. He published two books during this time, Sahel:Man in Distress and Sahel el fin del camino (the end of the road).
Les Cheminots (1989) An Uncertain Grace (1990) The Best Photos (1992) The Workers (1993) Photopoche (1993) Terra (1997) Photopoche Serra Pelada (1999)
1986-1992 Sebastião travelled to 23 countries to photograph industrial life.
43 countries on every continent to document the people moving to the city.
Salgado photographed John Hinckley’s attempt to assassinate Ronald Reagan.
W. Eugene Smith Award in 1982. Oskar Barnack Award in 1985. Named Photographic journalist of the Year in 1986. Hasselblad Award in 1989. Featured in People magazine in 1993.
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