Waura people fishing in the Piulaga Lake. Upper Xingu, Mato Grosso, Brazil.

About Sebastião Salgado

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.

Brazilian, b. 1944, Aimorés, Brazi, based in Paris, France

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
Sebastião Salgado Solo Exhibition, Hafez Gallery, Jeddah
2015
Sebastião Salgado: Other Americas, The Photographers' Gallery, London
2015
SCENT OF A DREAM. A journey in the world of coffee, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice
2015
Sebastião Salgado, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
2014
Sebastião Salgado, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore

Solo Shows on Artsy

2016
Sebastião Salgado Solo Exhibition, Hafez Gallery, Jeddah
2015
Sebastião Salgado: Other Americas, The Photographers' Gallery, London
2015
SCENT OF A DREAM. A journey in the world of coffee, Fondazione Bevilacqua la Masa, Venice
2015
Sebastião Salgado, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, New York
2014
Genesis, Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York
2014
SEBASTIÃO SALGADO, Beetles + Huxley, London
2014
Sebastião Salgado, Sundaram Tagore Gallery, Singapore

Group Shows on Artsy

2016
Shara Art Fair 2016, Hafez Gallery, Jeddah
2016
New York Photo Show, Be-hold, New York
2016
Be-hold Open House, Be-hold, Yonkers
2015
TASCHEN Collector's Editions, TASCHEN, Los Angeles
2014
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