Sebastiao Salgado /   Sebastião Salgado

Brazil 1944


Sebastiao Salgado
Sebastião Salgado
May 25, 2016
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Photography is often used for its ability to present the utmost sincerity of things, portraying people, animals, landscape, and environment spontaneously and in their true form. In love with the medium that captured his life, photography allowed Sebastião Salgado to witness a lot of the painful truth as he traveled to every nook of the world, stricken by what the people managed to do to the land and to other people. Deciding to make a change and inspire change in others, he uses the medium of photography as a language that speaks of the wonders we all should strive to preserve. Though he’s captured an astonishing number of amazing photos from around the globe, what truly speaks volumes about Salgado are the actions that he took towards bettering the world that he records with his camera.

Sebastiao Salgado - Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA, 2009 (Left) / Buffalos, Kafue National Park, Zambia, 2010 (Right) new pictures privacy
Sebastiao Salgado – Brooks Range, Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska, USA, 2009 (Left) / Buffalos, Kafue National Park, Zambia, 2010 (Right)

The Choice of a Camera

Born on February 8, 1944, Sebastião Salgado was titled by some as one of the most important photographers at the beginning of the 21st century. However, before he took up the camera, Salgado initially studied the field of economy, earning himself a master’s degree in economics from the University of São Paulo in Brazil. Some of his first jobs included a position at the International Coffee Organization, often traveling to Africa on missions for the World Bank. It was here that his spark for photography was ignited and he started seriously taking photographs. Completely abandoning the career of an economist he had built, Salgado switched to photography in 1973, working initially on news assignments between several photo agencies before deciding to form a new one with his wife, Lélia Wanick Salgado.

Often traveling to Africa, Salgado’s spark for photography was ignited

Visual Navigation of our World

Salgado’s initial employment as a photographer was with photo agencies like Sygma and the Paris-based Gamma, and after his 15 year-long service at the Magnum Photos, he and his wife Lélia had formed their own agency in 1994 titled Amazonas Images. Based in Paris, the agency did well in representing his work which consisted of photos from all around the world. Having traveled to over 100 countries in order to complete his photographic projects, he is most known for his social documentary photos of people, namely workers, in less developed nations. His camera had followed humans, animals, and nature alike and he’s seen much suffering on all ends through his lens, especially during his project of Migrations. Salgado was heavily influenced by what he saw mostly while in Rwanda, to the point where it was physically affecting him, and he decided to quit photography for the sake of his health. Given his commitment and love for photography, it was a decision not easily made, one that he will come to reevaluate in the future.

Salgado is most known for his social documentary pictures of people in less developed nations

Sebastiao Salgado - Gold Mine, Serra Pelada, State of Para, Brazil, 1986 new pictures privacy sebastião photographs 2016 contact life planet photographer books
Sebastiao Salgado – Gold Mine, Serra Pelada, State of Para, Brazil, 1986

In Search of Mutual Ground

Salgado has made a myriad of works that were published in a number of books, some of which include The Other Americas, Sahel , Workers, and Migrations. His retirement from photography was followed by his return to his homeland of Brazil and the creation of the nature reserve titled Instituto Terra whose primary goals were reforestation, conservation and environmental education. Inspired by their accomplishments in trying to restore a small part of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, Salgado decided to give photography another shot, recording, among other things, the success of the reserve. Given his great love for the craft and the experience he already harbored, the work that followed in this field culminated after eight years with the Genesis in 2011. Aiming to present a different face of humanity and nature, one that we must strive towards preserving, Genesis portrays a connection between man and nature through beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and those that still live in accordance to its laws as well as ancient traditions.

Sebastião Salgado’s Genesis portrays a connection between man and nature

Raising Awareness

One can truly get lost in any one of Sebastião Salgado’s photos as each tells a deep visual tale, displaying more than just the artist’s immense skill. Having traveled all around the world, visiting over 120 countries in his various projects, Salgado’s work warns us of our own transgressions against the land and each other, as well as showing us a glimpse of the paradise we are giving up daily in favor of industrial advancement. “To build our development, we came to a huge contradiction, destroying everything around us,” he said, and it came to a point where we are endangering our own survival on this planet. Averting attention to many of contemporary issues, Salgado uses photography as a way of communicating and bringing them closer to the viewers, doing so with remarkable talent and in stunning depictions.

Sebastião Salgado lives and works in Paris.

All images courtesy of the artist and Hafez Gallery.

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Defying Darkness: Photography at NightMuseum of Photographic Arts, San DiegoGroup
2016A RetrospectivePeter Fetterman Gallery, Santa MonicaSolo
2016Traces of DisorderDeutsche Börse Group, DEGroup
2016PHOTONIC MOMENTSphoton, LjubljanaGroup
2016Sebastiao SalgadoLeica Gallery, San FranciscoSolo
2016PHOTOBIENNALE 2016Multimedia Art Museum, MoscowGroup
2016GENESISMultimedia Art Museum, MoscowSolo
2016GENESISVersicherungskammer, MunichSolo
2015OriginalphotographienGalerie Stephen Hoffman, MunichSolo
2015Other AmericasThe Photographers' Gallery, LondonSolo
2015Scent of a DreamGalleria Bevilacqua La Masa, VeniceSolo
2015Serra PeladaBEETLES+HUXLEY, LondonSolo
2015Sebastião SalgadoScheinbaum & Russek, USSolo
2015Sebastião Salgado: A Fragile BeautyNicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2015Human NatureNRW-Forum Kultur und Wirtschaft, DusseldorfGroup
2014Sebastião Salgado: GenesisCaixaForum Barcelona, BarcelonaSolo
2014Sebastião SalgadoSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2014Sebastião Salgado: GenesisICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NYSolo
2014Genesi di Sebastião SalgadoPalazzo Reale, MilanSolo
2014Sebastião SalgadoSundaram Tagore Gallery, SingaporeSolo
2014Sebastião Salgado - GenesisNational Museum of Singapore, SingaporeSolo
2014Sebastião Salgado - GénesisCaixaForum Madrid, MadridSolo
2014Coletiva: FotografiasLaura Marsiaj Arte Contemporânea, Rio de Janeiro, RJGroup
2014Augen Auf! 100 Jahre Leica FotografieDeichtorhallen Hamburg, HamburgGroup
2014A occhi apertiReggia di Venaria, Venaria Reale, TOGroup
2014Meisterwerke berühmter Leica-FotografenSammlung Knut Kühn-Leitz - Forum für Fotografie,CologneGroup
2014Entre deux expositionsInstitut culturel Bernard Magrez, BordeauxGroup
2014Fotogiornalismo E ReportageGalleria Civica di Modena, ModenaGroup
2013Sebastião Salgado - GenesisMaison Européenne de la Photographie, ParisSolo
2013Sebastião Salgado - GenesisMusée de l Elysée, LausanneSolo
2013Sebastião Salgado - GenesisPeter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2013SebastiÃo SalgadoNicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2013At the Window: The Photographer's ViewJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2013Home and the WorldSundaram Tagore Gallery - Singapore, SingaporeGroup
2012La main de l hommel Arsenal de Metz, MetzSolo
2012A meno di non ricorrere a una fotografiaM & D ARTE, GorgonzolaGroup
2012In Our Time Magnum 1947 - 1987WestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie, ViennaGroup
2012Inside Out - A Group ShowSundaram Tagore Gallery - Singapore, SingaporeGroup
2012Ten Years in Focus (Group Exhibition)Galerie Stephen Hoffman, MunichGroup
2012The Big PictureSundaram Tagore Gallery, SingaporeGroup
2012A Prayer is a Prayer is a PrayerAndrea Meislin Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2012Wir sind die anderen - We are the othersArt Foyer der DZ Bank Kunstsammlung,FrankfurtGroup
2012Fotografie TotalWerke Aus Der Sammlung Des Mmk - Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK),FrankfurtGroup
2012Segment #2Borusan Contemporary, IstanbulGroup
2012Das Narrative in der FotografieKunsthaus Kaufbeuren, KaufbeurenGroup
2012AmazonGallery of Photography, DublinGroup
2012Various Artists - From Collectors' ArchivesFahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2011Sebastião Salgado - The Global PhotographerSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong KongSolo
2011Segment #1ABorusan Contemporary, IstanbulGroup
2011Spectrum: East West BeyondSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2011Afriques (#15)Polka Galerie, ParisGroup
2011AmazonSomerset House, LondonGroup
2011Segment #1Borusan Contemporary, IstanbulGroup
2011ContinuumSundaram Tagore Gallery, Hong KongGroup
2011The Telling Image - Photographs From The Collection!Preus Museum, HortenGroup
2011Magie des Objekts - Photographie aus drei JahrhundertenLeopold Museum, ViennaGroup
2011Recent Photography AcquisitionsThe Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DCGroup
2010Sebastiao SalgadoA Gallery for Fine Photography, New Orleans, LASolo
2010Fragments latino-américainsMaison de l'Amérique Latine, ParisGroup
2010Autour de l extremeMaison Européenne de la Photographie, ParisGroup
2010Arbeit (Labour)Fotomuseum Winterthur, WinterthurGroup
2010Degrees of Separation: Contemporary Photography from the Permanent CollectionSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2010Engaged Observers: Documentary Photography since the SixtiesJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2010OceansRichard Heller Gallery, Santa Monica, CAGroup
2009Sebastião Salgado - AFRICATokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, TokyoSolo
2009Sebastiao Salgado: AFRICAPeter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2009Colleziona 2010 La scena e il sogno delle fotografieForma - Centro Internazionale di Fotografia, MilanGroup
2009IconsGalerie Stephen Hoffman, MunichGroup
2009Economy of ScaleHemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DCGroup
2009In Focus: The WorkerJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2009Scheinbaum & Russek Presents: Spring 2010Scheinbaum & Russek LTD, Santa Fe, NMGroup
2009The Missing Peace - Artists Consider the Dalai LamaFrost Art Museum, Miami, FLGroup
2009Visions of our time . 10 Jahre Fotografie in der Deutschen BörseCO Berlin, BerlinGroup
2009TERRITORIO ITALIANO - FormaCentro Internazionale di Fotografia, MilanGroup
2009The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai LamaFundacion Canal, MadridGroup
2008Workers : Photographs by Sebastião SalgadoThe Contemporary Austin, Austin, TXSolo
2008Sebastião Salgado - In PrincipioCO Berlin, BerlinSolo
2008Private propertyBrucie Collections, KievGroup
2008Brighton Photo BiennialBrighton Photo Biennial, BrightonGroup
2008Photography NowHackelBury Fine Art Limited, LondonGroup
2008Soul and BodyMuseum of Fine Arts, BudapestGroup
2008Lost Paradise – Der Blick des EngelsZentrum Paul Klee, BernGroup
2008Solitary IceYancey Richardson Gallery, New York City, NYGroup
2008Baby. De ideale mens verbeeld 1840- hedenNederlands Fotomuseum, RotterdamGroup
2008Far from HomeNorth Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, NCGroup
2008Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of ChildrenDeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MAGroup
2007Sebastiao Salgado: GenesisHackelBury Fine Art Limited, LondonSolo
2007Sebastiao Salgado - The Missing PeaceVisual Arts Museum - School of Visual Arts (SVA),New York City, NYSolo
2007Sebastiao Salgado: AFRICA Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica, CASolo
2007Sebastião Salgado - FormaCentro Internazionale di Fotografia, MilanSolo
2007The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai LamaYerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CAGroup
2007Polka Magazine (#1)Polka Galerie, ParisGroup
2007The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai LamaEmory Visual Arts Gallery, Atlanta, GAGroup
2007Private CollectionsJackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GAGroup
2007Italie - doubles visionMaison Européenne de la Photographie, ParisGroup
2007Soul and BodyMuseum of Fine Arts, BudapestGroup
2007PHotoEspaña 07PHotoEspaña, MadridGroup
2007Opening Group Show at 88 George StreetSandra Byron Gallery, Sydney, NSWGroup
2007The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai LamaThe Rubin Museum of Art (RMA), New York City, NYGroup
2006Sebastião SalgadoLeica Gallery Tokyo, TokyoSolo
2006Colleziona - FormaCentro Internazionale di Fotografia, MilanGroup
2006Indianscope - L Inde intemporelle dans l Inde d'aujourd'huiMaison de la Photographie, LilleGroup
2006The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai LamaLoyola University Museum of Art (LUMA),Chicago, ILGroup
2006Depht of FieldAckland Art Museum, Chapel Hill, NCGroup
2006Equal And Less EqualMuseum on the Seam, JerusalemGroup
2006The Missing Peace - Artists Consider the Dalai LamaFowler Museum at UCLA, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006The Concerned PhotographerThe Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, ILGroup
2006Human Nature: Landscape photography from the GoMA collectionGoMA - Gallery of Modern Art, Glasgow, ScotlandGroup
2006Beautiful Suffering - Photography and the Traffic in PainWilliams College Museum of Art,Williamstown, MAGroup
2006Year Of Tibet PortfolioFahey Klein Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2005The Children of ExodusWestLicht. Schauplatz für Fotografie,ViennaSolo
2005Gallery In The Train 2005Leica Gallery LGP, PragueSolo
2005Beautiful SufferingWilliams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MAGroup
2005The Body at Risk - Photography of Disorder, Illness, and HealingICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NYGroup
2005Magic Moments II ExhibitionLeica Gallery Melbourne, Melbourne, VICGroup
2005The Other Mainstream - Selections from the Collection of Mikki and Stanley WeithASU Art Museum - Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZGroup
2004Sebastiao SalgadoYours Gallery, WarsawSolo
2004Sebastiano Salgado: Migrations and The ChildrenThe Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, TXSolo
2004Éxodos - Sebastião SalgadoCentro Cultural Eduardo León Jimenes, Santiago de los CaballerosSolo
2004Sebastiao Salgado - Photography monthLudwig Museum - Museum of Contemporary Art, BudapestSolo
2004In Principio: Sebastião SalgadoMuseu de Arte Contemporânea da Universidade de São Paulo,São PauloSolo
2004Migrations: Humanity in TransitionCenter for Documentary Studies at Duke University,Durham, NCSolo
2004The Pain of WarMead Art Museum, Amherst, MAGroup
2004Wer bietet mehr?Fünfzehn Jahre Deichtorhallen Hamburg - Deichtorhallen Hamburg,HamburgGroup
2004Italia. Doppie visioniScuderie del Quirinale, RomeGroup
2004Transphotographiques 2004Transphotographiques, LilleGroup
2004Killer Shots: A Photographic Response To WarSF Camerawork, San Francisco, CAGroup
2004Sebastiao Salgado & Lewis HineRobert Klein Gallery, Boston, MAGroup
2003FlüchtlingskinderKinderportraits von Sebastião Salgado - Bundeskunsthalle, BonnSolo
2003Terra - Photographs by Sebastiao SalgadoUtah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UTSolo
2003Exodus: Photographs by Sebastiao SalgadoBarbican Art Gallery, LondonSolo
2003Sebastiao Salgado: MigrationsPortland Museum of Art, Portland, MESolo
2003Sebastião Salgado Migrations: Humanity in Transition and The ChildrenInstitute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art, Portland, MESolo
2003India-México. Vientos ParalelosCasa Asia, BarcelonaGroup
2003The Spirit of GlobalisationThessaloniki Museum of Photography, ThessalonikiGroup
2003Killer Shots: A Photographic Response to WarCatherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, ILGroup
2003II Bienal de Valencia - La Ciudad IdealBienal de Valencia, ValenciaGroup
2003Les choix dCBFondation Henri Cartier-Bresson, ParisGroup
2003Vigovisións, 1986-2000MARCO Museo de Arte Contemporánea de Vigo, VigoGroup
2003India México. Vientos ParalelosMNBA - Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes Santiago Chile,SantiagoGroup
2002ExodusBunkamura, TokyoSolo
2002La Lluita Del Moviment Dels Sense Terra (Mst)La Nau, Centro Cultural de la Universitat de València, ValenciaSolo
2002SEBASTIÃO SALGADO - ExodusHosfelt Gallery - San Francisco, San Francisco, CASolo
2002Migrations - Photographs by Sebastião SalgadoBerkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive BAM/PFA, Berkeley, CASolo
2002Looking at Children - Photographs from the Permanent CollectionThe Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OHGroup
2002Eye.Contact - Photographs from the Permanent CollectionSan Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CAGroup
2002India - México: Visiones paralelasAntiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso, Mexico CityGroup
2001Sebastiao SalgadoYancey Richardson Gallery, New York City, NYSolo
2001Sebastião Salgado: Migrations: Humanity in TransitionICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NYSolo
2001Sebastiao Salgado: ExodusHelsinki Art Museum, HelsinkiSolo
2000Sebastiao Salgado - éxodosFundación PROA, Buenos AiresSolo
2000In cammino. Sebastião SalgadoScuderie del Quirinale, RomeSolo
2000Sebastiao Salgado: Workers, photographyCentre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle,WarsawSolo
2000Sebastião SalgadoMaison Européenne de la Photographie, ParisSolo
1999WorkersStädtische Galerie Iserlohn, IserlohnSolo
1998TerraMuseum der Arbeit, HamburgSolo
1997Terra - Struggle Of The Landless. Photography By SebastiÃo SalgadoUniversity Gallery - University of Essex, ColchesterSolo
1997SebastiÃo SalgadoVictor Barsokevitsch Photographic Centre, KuopioSolo
1996Sebastiao Salgado – WorkersDeichtorhallen Hamburg, HamburgSolo
1994Sebastiao Salgado - La main de l'hommeMusée de l´Elysée, LausanneSolo
1994Sebastião Salgado: la mano dell’uomo. WorkersPalazzo delle Esposizioni, RomeSolo
1993Workers, An Archaeology of the Industrial Age: Photographs of Sebastião SalgadoPhiladelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PASolo
1993Sebastiao Salgado - In Human EffortNational Museum of Modern Art Tokyo (MOMAT), TokyoSolo
1992An Uncertain Grace: The Photographs of Sebastiao SalgadoThe Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DCSolo
1991Kuwait Epilogue: Photographs by Sebastião SalgadoICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NYSolo
1991An Uncertain Grace: The Photographs of Sebastião SalgadoICP - International Center of Photography, New York City, NYSolo