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Sebastião Salgado: Migrations: Humanity in Transition 1st Edition
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Salgado, a former economist who worked briefly for the World Bank and the IMF, but left to become a photographer because he thought he could do more for the world's poor through photography, has undoubtedly succeeded. It is hard to imagine a more powerful statement than his photographs. I was fortunate enough to see the exhibit of these photographs at the Museum of the Universe in Rio de Janeiro the day before the exhibit closed, August 5, 2000. I also saw a slide show of "Migrations" set to music in the museum's planetarium. I was overcome by any of the photographs and moved to tears.
I was fortunate enough to meet Salgado during a lecture he gave during the exhibit of "Workers" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 1993. While I cannot pretend to know a person after one brief meeting, he struck me as humble, brilliant, and perceptive, just like his photographs. Several centuries from now we will look at Salgado's photographs like we now look at Rembrandt's self-portraits: searing, penetrating images into the depths of the human soul.
Sebastio Selgato has truly outdone himself with this book--indeed, a masterpiece. Selgato, in my opinion, is the world's finest photojournalist to begin with, but "Migrations" not only is an extension of is past work, but actually surpasses it.
The composition and imagery is outstanding and the printing done by masters. I understand that Selgado does not do his own printing, but works with a team of printers. They did a splendid job printing some of the most evocative images I have yet to see.
In fact a most touching document on the migrations of people from all over the world-- having to escape from their native land to avoid being tortured or killed.
Apart from the technical excellence and quality Salgado's black and white photography has a certain magic about it that strongly reminds me of the work of photography greats like W. Eugene Smith or Henri Cartier-Bresson. However I have to admit that Salgado clearly has become my personal favorite. Being a photographer myself I highly admire Salgado's talent to produce such phantastic images of people in deep distress--showing things as they are, without having his subjects losing their dignity.
Some time ago a world famous photographer said that "...you can't photograph soul...". After looking at Salgado's work I think that's definitely not true.
This book clearly is a must have for every photography lover with special interest in black and white journalistic work. Can it get any better? This was my first Salgado book and it won't be my last...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
What a book. The other reviewers capture the breadth and power of the images, so I'll focus on the book itself. Read morePublished 18 months ago by BooksinCalifornia
Salgado is without a doubt the greatest photographer alive today. His pictures are like paintings in black and white, where he has taken the light and applied it with a paint-brush... Read morePublished on December 24, 2004 by No One Important
If you don't feel something while looking at the photos in this book you are dead inside.Published on September 10, 2003
I dont think Sebastiao Salgado needs any praise but this is the most beautiful book i have ever seen. Read morePublished on October 23, 2002 by Tatiana Reis
Ex-economist Salgado keeps a rational mind while making exquisite emotional photographs, reproduced to the highest standard. Read morePublished on December 11, 2001