"The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." - Dorothea Lange

Thursday, September 18, 2014


I was fortunate the see "Genesis," a huge exhibition of 200 images by Sebastiao Salgado, last year at this time in London. The show has just opened in New York at ICP. It is the Brazilian photographer's third long-term series on global issues (the first two were "Workers" and "Migrations"). His exhibitions are pretty staggering in their scope and size - and the images are luminous. His work raises public awareness about the environment and climate change and introduces viewers to forgotten people and places. He has traveled to over 100 countries to make pictures.

Salgado has a PhD in economics and only took up photography when in his 30's. Now 70, his impressive body of work is a gigantic love note to the world. If you're in NY anytime before January 11, check out the exhibit. Here are a few of my favorite images.


Anonymous said...

In some ways it's hard to believe these are photos. amazing!

Jessica said...

Gloria, what is the technique that is used that gives many of the outdoor shots a metallic quality? I'm seeing it more and more in photography - hobbyists and professionals alike. I'm still trying to decide if I like it. It certainly gives the image a different beauty, but it seems painting-like tom me, and less like a photograph.

Anonymous said...

SebastiĆ£o SALGADO. I'm Brazilian like him.