Sebastiao Salgado
1944, Aimorés, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Short biography
Salgado is generally acknowledged as one of the greatest living photographers. After he graduated in Economics he went to Paris in 1969. In 1971 he started working for the International Coffee Organization, for which he had to travel on a regular base to Africa. In that year he began taking his first photographs. The images began to preoccupy him and in 1973 he and his wife Leila decided to move back to France, where he started working as a full time photographer. He worked for Sygma photographic agency (1974) and Gamma photographic agency (1975-1979) before he was invited to join the prestigious Magnum Photos, where he would stay for 15 years. Since 1994 he and his wife Lélia are running their own agency in Paris, called Amazonas Images.

Salgado works on long term self-assigned projects, many of which have been published as books: The Other Americas, Sahel, Workers and Migrations. He may be considered as the ultimate social documentary photographer of our time. Salgado is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and a honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the U.S.A. He has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes (Alfred Eisenstaedt Award, Hasselblad Award, Erich Salomon Prize). His work has been exposed in nearly all important museums and galleries and is in the collections of museums like San Francisco MOMA, J. Paul Getty Museum, The National Museum of Modern Art Tokyo.

Recent exhibitions
Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Peter Fetterman Gallery Santa Monica, Zurab Tsereteli Art Gallery Moscow, Westlicht Wien, Bibliothèque Nationale de France Paris, Museu de Arte Contemporânea da USP São Paulo, Leica Gallery Prague.

Top auction result
$ 21.250

Average auction results
$ 2.500 - $ 13.000

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