Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado was in the mid-1940s, in Aimorés, in Brazil’s state of Minas Gerais, although he has been living in Paris since the 1970s where he started his photographic career.
In the nineties, Lélia Wanick Salgado formed Amazonas images, an agency created exclusively for his work. An avid traveler, he has ventured to over 100 countries for his photographic projects. Most of these, besides appearing in numerous press publications, have also been presented in books such as Other Americas (1986),Sahel: l’homme en détresse (1986), Sahel: el fin del camino (1988), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations and Portraits (2000), and Africa (2007). Touring exhibitions of this work have been, and continue to be, presented throughout the world.
Another shot taken in Ecuador, both images (above and below) from his website.
He spoke at TED 2013 this year sharing his life journey with him as well as some of his images. Below are two shots he showed on screen during his talk.
Between 1977 and 1984, after a few years of photographic adventures in Europe and Africa, Sebastião Salgado made several trips to Latin America, travelling from the torrid coastal lowlands of Northeastern Brazil to the mountains of Chile, to Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Guatemala and Mexico, through the indescribable mysticism of the Brazilian sertão, with its leather-clad men and their ferocious fight for survival in the lands so arid, so poor, and so much the spiritual refuge of a whole country.
He went through the Sierra Madre with its dense fog, its magical mushrooms and peyotes, he heard stories about its dead so alive in the imagination of the living: that place where it is so difficult to know if we are of this world or another, where death is the inseparable sister of everyday life.
The seven years spent making these images were like a trip seven centuries back in time to observe, at a slow, utterly sluggish pace – which marks the passage of time in these regions – the flow of different cultures, so similar in their beliefs, losses and sufferings. See his portfolio for more images from that time.