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Dates:  1944, 8 February -
Born:  Brazil, Minas Gerais, Aimorés
Active:  Global
 
  
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.

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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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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
Grove Art Online (www.groveart.com) has a biography of this artist. 
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The Cleveland Museum of Art, USA has a biography on this photographer. [Scroll down the page on this website as the biography may not be immediately visible.]Show on this siteGo to website
 

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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

 
• Evans, Martin Marix (Executive ed.) 1995 Contemporary Photographers [Third Edition] (St. James Press - An International Thomson Publishing Company) [Expensive reference work but highly informative.] 
  
• International Center of Photography 1999 Reflections in a Glass Eye: Works from the International Center of Photography Collection (New York: A Bulfinch Press Book) p.226 [Includes a well written short biography on Sebastião Salgado with example plate(s) earlier in book.] 
  
 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

 
• Koetzle, Hans-Michael 2002 Photo Icons: The Story Behind the Pictures - Volume 2 (Koln: Taschen) [This book discusses one photograph "Kuwait (1991)" by Sebastião Salgado in considerable detail. An excellent source for a detailed analysis.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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