In Conversation with Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado talks to Canon about his career and favourite projects

Brazillian Sebastião Salgado is one of the world’s most respected social documentary photographers and photojournalists. His black-and-white photographs largely hone in on the people at the bottom of the economic pile in an increasingly globalised world, with projects spanning over 100 countries.

Despite the nature of the work, he still succeeds in finding and showing beauty and hope amidst the dispossessed and forgotten, as well as masterfully portraying the often dramatic environments he encounters. All of which of course help make his images some of the most iconic in the world. The projects are long-term, the fruits of which eventually end up within inspirational book publications such as his most recent Genesis. This particular work represents photography spanning 8 years up to 2011.

Salgado has won multiple international awards in the years after he joined the Magnum agency in 1979, and he has been a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador since 2001.