Sebastiao Salgado

A book Review of Salgado

The PhotoBook Journal

EE ltd + inc

Copyright Sebastiao Salgado 2006 courtesy Thames & Hudson

Sebastiao Salgado has been frequently labeled a humanist photographer with the documentary story telling capability of W. Eugene Smith. This Thames and Hudson book Sebastiao Salgado helps to support these attributes. It is a nice compact book that covers a sampling of Salgado’s photographs made during his tenure with Magnum photographic agency, spanning from 1980 to 1991. It includes many of his better known images from this period.

To understand Salgado’s photographic style is to understand his intent, which is to tell a difficult story about people and have that story circulated in the largest mass media possible, which is usually the newspaper, not a magazine. To obtain the widest newspaper distribution also means photographing in a black & white medium. Additionally, a black & white photograph allows the reader to become more introspection and contemplative of the events featured.

Salgado also…

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