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Posted by on Jul 9, 2013 in ARTICLES

The Genesis Exhibition, Back To The Origin In Black And White

The Genesis Exhibition, Back To The Origin In Black And White

Sebastião Salgado, educated in politics and a qualified economist, took up photography at the age of 26, while his wife Lélia was working as an architect in Paris and purchased a camera to photograph apartments. Had Salgado not looked through the viewfinder when he picked up his wife’s camera, he’d probably still be an economist today. He reflects back on this life changing moment: “When I saw through a camera for the first time, I saw another way to see the world. I fell in love.” Since swapping economics for photography in 1973, Salgado shared global awareness of social issues as result of spreading industrialisation through his immense photographic projects Other Americas, Workers and Migrations, captured in his trademark monochrome photography. He recalls: “I lived totally inside photography, doing long term projects.” Each of the three major works referred to above took Salgado several years to complete. The eight years spent on Genesis allowed Salgado to get to know his subjects and their environment they lived or worked in....

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Posted by on May 28, 2013 in ARTICLES

An Evening With Sebastião Salgado

An Evening With Sebastião Salgado

Last Monday (20th of May), the internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado came to London for a brief talk about his new project, “Genesis”. The event was hosted by the National History Museum, which will be home for the exhibition until September 8, and gathered around 400 people. Sebastião greeted everybody around 7.30 with a polite attitude and a timid smile. He has a strong accent and apologizes for it – but he did not even need to worry, for the audience was absolutely avid for the stories behind his pictures. After thanking his team, Mirella Ricciardi – a Quenian photographer who has inspired him to start and is there watching him talk – and his wife, Lélia – who has supported his work and helped him all along –, he finally begins talking about his career. Salgado is simple, humble and extremely talented. He explains everything: how he traded his job in Economy for a brand new start in Photography, how his childhood in Brazil has influenced him on...

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