Sebastião Salgado ∞ (Photography)


“The photograph will be taking a much broader dimension, will have to tell a story with photographic sequence.

The text becomes a complement to the visual form”

Sebastião Salgado

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Photographer Sebastião Salgado grew up in a farm in Brazil. At age 26 took years for the first time a camera in his hands and looking through the viewfinder life he claimed to sense. It was the year 1970. The camera became the tool through which to interact with the world and convey his deep love and respect for nature and human beings.


Among his many works include three major projects: Workers (1993), documenting the vanishing way of life of workers worldwide.


Exodus (2000), a tribute to the mass migration caused by famine, natural disasters, environmental degradation and population pressure.


And GENESIS, that this report makes a special tribute because it was the last work of the author and has also meant the end to his career as a photographer. Genesis is the result of an eight-year expedition to rediscover the land and the life of a planet still a virgin. 'Around 46% Earth remains in the state it was in the time of Genesis reminds us that Salgado-. Y nos insta a “preserve what we still have. "



It has created a collection of images that show the nature, animals and indigenous peoples with breathtaking beauty. Domina with such extreme monochrome racing skill virtuoso Ansel Adams,and offers a new dimension of photography in black and white.





In 1994, the periodista y Fotógrafa Ima Sanchis, Salgado had with an extensive discussion that has been called "letter to young photographers" and I want to extract some interesting ideas which I found:

(…) "The fact that I have become a reference in the world of documentary photography is not something that pleases me, nor think I should be the goal of any photographer that is dedicated to telling a small part of the history of mankind. It would be a contradiction. What has helped me to fight and to live, to stand firm, has been the belief that my work could contribute to a debate on the errors and injustices of this land. The roads are wide and you can not cover them all, but that is not important, what counts is that behind your photos have an intention, a sense that brings your way of understanding life and that is expressed in an organized and consistent manner. (…)

(…) The photo of the visual. The ability to participate being yourself, with all your soul, your culture, Your ideology, your way of doing things, definitely, coherently, in a particular historical moment. Participate living it and telling it. Is not magnificent? (…)

(…) The technique is a variable that you use to express this point of view and is only important until completely dominate. When the technique is no longer a variable and becomes constant, because you have assimilated in a personal way and you feel comfortable with it, then becomes the paper on which you are going to write. Each technique has its, but that is not important, As neither is the choice of black and white or color. What is really important and how you, person involved in the historical moment, you will receive information from the world in which you are living, 's going to fit in your head and you're going to intervene in that reality through the entire process of materialization (…)

(…) Until now, documentary photography had a very precise dimension, illustrate the text. I believe that photography will take a much broader dimension, will have to tell a story with photographic sequence. Increasingly communication is governed by the image: is possible to pass a visual information equal force in Spain in China, Brasil Japón. The text becomes a complement to the visual form. (…) Adaptation will be needed in the way of intervening in reality and tell a story with Photo, This will become a dream sequence with a beginning, development and purpose. (…)

(…) "The important thing is the view that a photographer brings about problems, proposal. If a young person asked me today: What must I do to be a good photojournalist?, I would say: studies, Find yourself a good education, an excellent overview. You have to have a background in economics, anthropology and sociology because you'll have the privilege of being the center of the information (…)

(…) Many photographers who have expressed to me their concern about the possibility that the eclipse film and video photography. Will it necessarily that the format of the new information universe? To be honest, I do not; still photography that clearly outlines a passage from the story. Any phenomenon has charged intensity points of power. Still Photography then, is a powerful reality summary. And a set of photographs you tell a story in a much more forceful way how the format can have video or film, where there are strong moments and moments of Mass Distraction, dissolution. (…) I think the photographic discourse will not lose its function, on the contrary, is to see strengthened by the need for concentration posts. Text, Video and photography are not alternative, are complementary (…)

(…) The path of a photographer, all professional, is long; and not always as clear as we would like. (…) Essentially, I think it's not specialize, but to concentrate on what you think is really important and what is worth fighting and living (…)

You can see in the video below some of his latest Genesis:


Photographer García-Alix Salgado has said that “must be a great guy. Solidarity in the best tradition. He believes in the man and his work, in their inherent dignity, and that what we clearly see in the photos that always move us, not only for its formal beauty composition and lighting-, but a permanent poetry that transcends them. This is where it really lies its greatness”.

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