|Dates: ||1944, 8 February - |
|Born: ||Brazil, Minas Gerais, Aimorés|
Brazilian photojournalist who has worked for several of the leading photo agencies (Sygma, Gamma and Magnum) at different times. His long term studies of workers, migrations, famine all detail the plight of the human condition. His most recent series "Genesis" concentrates on the natural world.
"The Salt of the Earth" (dir: Wim Wenders, 2014) is biographical account of his life and projects.
Biography provided by Focal Press
Educated as an economist, Salgado became a photojournalist in 1973, working for the Sygma, Gamma, Magnum Photos, and eventually founding his own agency, Amazonas Images in 1994. His long-term documentary projects, rendered with haunting chiaroscuro, capture the dignity and endurance of humanity against oppression, war, and famine. With a detailed panoramic grandeur, his essays on the inferno of Brazilian gold-ore mines, the end of large-scale manual labor, and the plight of refugees and migrants across 21 countries, chronicle this century’s brutalities. "The planet remains divided," Salgado explains. "The first world in a crisis of excess, the third world in a crisis of need."
(Author: Garie Waltzer - Photographer and consultant)
Michael Peres (Editor-in-Chief), 2007, Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, 4th edition, (Focal Press) [ISBN-10: 0240807405, ISBN-13: 978-0240807409]
(Used with permission)
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