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SEBASTIAO SALGADO


[b. 1944] Brasilian photographer

We can take a picture that communicates, one where we can see the problems and the people from around the world. We show the people of Bangladesh to others so they can understand them. I have tried to bring about better communication between people. I believe that humanitarian photography is like economics. Economy is a kind of sociology, as is documentary photography. - Sebastiao Salgado - Excerpts from an interview with Sebastiao Salgado by Ken Lassiter, Photographer's Forum

I don’t want anyone to appreciate the light or the palette of tones. I want my pictures to inform, to provoke discussion – and to raise money. - Sebastiao Salgado, Collector's edition of Life, the Eisie Issue , Page: 160

What I want is the world to remember the problems and the people I photograph. What I want is to create a discussion about what is happening around the world and to provoke some debate with these pictures. Nothing more than this. I don't want people to look at them and appreciate the light and the palate of tones. I want them to look inside and see what the pictures represent, and the kind of people I photograph. - Sebastiao Salgado - Excerpts from an interview with Sebastiao Salgado by Ken Lassiter, Photographer's Forum

We are one human race, and there must be understanding among all men. For those who look at the problems of today, my big hope is that they understand. That they understand that the population is quite big enough, that they must be informed that they must have economic development, that they must have social development, and must be integrated into all parts of the world. - Sebastiao Salgado - Excerpts from an interview with Sebastiao Salgado by Ken Lassiter, Photographer's Forum

Most of the information we now get is through television and is mutilated. Photography offers the opportunity to spend much more time on a topic. It's relatively cheaper medium, and can allow a photographer really to live in another place, show another reality, get closer to the truth. - Sebastiao Salgado

The picture is not made by the photographer, the picture is more good or less good in function of the relationship that you have with the people you photograph. - Sebastiao Salgado - "The Lyric Documentarian" published in An Uncertain Grace (Aperture), 1990.

Whenever possible, Salgado lives for a while with the people he photographs. “I tell a little bit of my life to them, and they tell a little of theirs to me. The picture itself is just the tip of the iceberg. - Sebastiao Salgado, Collector's edition of Life, the Eisie Issue , Page: 160

It is a great honor for me to be compared to Henri Cartier-Bresson...But I believe there is a very big difference in the way we put ourselves inside the stories we photograph. He always strove for the decisive moment as being the most important. I always work for a group of pictures, to tell a story. If you ask which picture in a story I like most, it is impossible for me to tell you this. I don't work for an individual picture. If I must select one individual picture for a client, it is very difficult for me. - Sebastiao Salgado - Excerpts from an interview with Sebastiao Salgado by Ken Lassiter, Photographer's Forum

I very much like to work on long-term projects...There is time for the photographer and the people in front of the camera to understand each other. There is time to go to a place and understand what is happening there. ...When you spend more time on a project, you learn to understand your subjects. There comes a time when it is not you who is taking the pictures. Something special happens between the photographer and the people he is photographing. He realizes that they are giving the pictures to him. - Sebastiao Salgado - Excerpts from an interview with Sebastiao Salgado by Ken Lassiter, Photographer's Forum

I work only in 35mm format. I have a small bag so I can carry all my films with me for one or two months. That means I am completely independent and free. - Sebastiao Salgado - Excerpts from an interview with Sebastiao Salgado by Ken Lassiter, Photographer's Forum

I don't believe a person has a style. What people have is a way of photographing what is inside them. What is there comes out. - Sebastiao Salgado - Excerpts from an interview with Sebastiao Salgado by Ken Lassiter, Photographer's Forum

...my way of photographing is my way of life. I photograph from my experience, my way of seeing things, and it is very difficult to tell you whether I photograph in one style or another. - Sebastiao Salgado - Excerpts from an interview with Sebastiao Salgado by Ken Lassiter, Photographer's Forum

If I were speaking to the students who want to go into documentary or human photography, I would tell them we need more people to do this kind of work. I'd encourage them. - Sebastiao Salgado - Excerpts from an interview with Sebastiao Salgado by Ken Lassiter, Photographer's Forum

If you take a picture of a human that does not make him noble, there is no reason to take this picture. That is my way of seeing things. - Sebastiao Salgado - Excerpts from an interview with Sebastiao Salgado by Ken Lassiter, Photographer's Forum

It’s not the photographer who makes the picture, but the person being photographed. - Sebastiao Salgado, Collector's edition of Life, the Eisie Issue , Page: 160

You photograph with all your ideology. - Sebastiao Salgado - Popular Photography - issue of March 2008, p. 127.

...I work alone. Humans are incredible, because when you come alone, they will receive you, they accept you, they protect you, they give you all things that you need, and they teach you all things you must know. When you come with two persons or three persons, you have a group in front of them. They don't discuss with the new persons what is important to them... - Sebastiao Salgado - Excerpts from an interview with Sebastiao Salgado by Ken Lassiter, Photographer's Forum

As long as there's journalism, there will be photojournalism. They're two halves of a whole. And although they certainly won't last forever, for the moment I don't see either one of them coming to an end. Roland Barthes, in his book Camera Lucida, stated that photography, rather than film or television, is the collective memory of the world. As I see it, he's right about this. Photography immortalize a moment, which then becomes a symbol, a reference. Photography is universal language; it doesn't need translation. Its collective memory is a mirror in which our society continually observes itself... - Sebastiao Salgado - on the question: "Is Photojournalism dead?" -American Photo magazine September/October 1996

..I know this story very well because it is my story. I made the same migrations that a great mass of the world’s population is doing now. I was born on a farm in Brazil. And when I was five, I moved with my family to a small town, about 10,000 people. Then when I was 15, I went to a medium-sized town, about 120,000 people. And when I finished college, it was necessary for me to goto a big big town, to São Paolo, and in São Paolo I had some political problems and the time came to leave Brazil and I came to France. That means this story that I’m photographing is my story also. I am a migrant, too.... - Sebastiao Salgado - Sebastiao Salgado ( Brasil 1944 ) – Text from PDN

It's not the photographer that makes the picture, but the person being photographed. - Sebastiao Salgado - Black and White Magazine

It’s not the photographer who makes the picture, but the person being photographed. - Sebastiao Salgado

I try with my pictures to raise a question, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with solutions. - Sebastiao Salgado

I don’t want anyone to appreciate the light or the palette of tones. I want my pictures to inform, to provoke discussion – and to raise money. - Sebastiao Salgado - Source: Popular Photography, May 2008 [Sebastião Salgado, b. 1944, Brasilian photographer working only in b/w technique]

I looked through a lens and ended up abandoning everything else. - Sebastiao Salgado

When I was just starting out, I met Cartier-Bresson. He wasn't young in age but, in his mind, he was the youngest person I'd ever met. He told me it was necessary to trust my instincts, be inside my work, and set aside my ego. In the end, my photography turned out very different to his, but I believe we were coming from the same place. - Sebastiao Salgado - http://apps.facebook.com/theguardian/culture/2012/feb/28/sebastiao-salgado-photographer?post_gdp=true

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