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Sebastião Salgado

Brazilian, b. 1944

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Sebastião Salgado

Brazilian, b. 1944

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Sebastião Salgado travels the world documenting the poor and powerless, as well as the grandeur of nature, in analog black-and-white photographs that are both highly formal and unflinchingly documentary. Influenced by his training as an economist, and aligned with masters of documentary photography like Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Salgado focuses on the adverse results of globalization. As he explains: “Each of my stories is about globalization and economic liberalization: a sample of the human condition on the planet today.” That condition is one of peril for those at the bottom of the global economy, as photographs like Legs, Serra Pelada, Brasil (1986) attest. In this photograph, Salgado hones in on the taut, muscular legs of Brazilian miners. Barely covered by sweat-drenched shorts, the men’s legs seem strong yet fragile, as Salgado captures them straining against an incline of bare earth.

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Biography

Sebastião Salgado travels the world documenting the poor and powerless, as well as the grandeur of nature, in analog black-and-white photographs that are both highly formal and unflinchingly documentary. Influenced by his training as an economist, and aligned with masters of documentary photography like Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, Salgado focuses on the adverse results of globalization. As he explains: “Each of my stories is about globalization and economic liberalization: a sample of the human condition on the planet today.” That condition is one of peril for those at the bottom of the global economy, as photographs like Legs, Serra Pelada, Brasil (1986) attest. In this photograph, Salgado hones in on the taut, muscular legs of Brazilian miners. Barely covered by sweat-drenched shorts, the men’s legs seem strong yet fragile, as Salgado captures them straining against an incline of bare earth.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
Dallas Museum of Art, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 2 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
The Guardian
Shows Featuring Sebastião Salgado
Articles Featuring Sebastião Salgado
Teach Your Kids the ABCs of Photography with Wolfgang Tillmans, Nan Goldin, and More
Mar 17th, 2017
Teach Your Kids the ABCs of Photography with Wolfgang Tillmans, Nan Goldin, and More
These Photographers Quit Their Day Jobs to Travel the World
Aug 31st, 2016
These Photographers Quit Their Day Jobs to Travel the World
Portraits of the World in Black-and-White: the Work of Documentary Photographer Sebastião Salgado
Oct 15th, 2014
Portraits of the World in Black-and-White: the Work of Documentary Photographer Sebastião Salgado
Two Decades of Sublime Photography in Sebastião Salgado’s Singapore Debut
May 30th, 2014
Two Decades of Sublime Photography in Sebastião Salgado’s Singapore Debut
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