Sebastião Salgado is one of the most famous and important social documentary photographers of our time. Salgado is from Brazil and only began photographing around the age of 30, where business trips to Africa for the International Coffee Organization lead him to see and document the often awful conditions of life and work in some of the world’s poorest regions. He traveled to photograph in over 100 countries and has been very independent in his projects to this day.
I have seen some of Salgado’s images in exhibitions and in books. You can see some of his most famous ones below. What I admire is the elegance with which he manages to create a fusion between social documentary and amazing compositions and sceneries. His works can be found in art galleries and exhibitions on social issues alike and that’s what makes him to me a master of photography.
© Sebastião Salgado
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