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Sebastião Salgado

1944 —

Amazonas, Brazil, 2009
Amazonas, Brazil,
Photography, 60x90cm
South Georgia, 2009
South Georgia,
Photography, 60x90cm
Shitagong, Bangladesh, 1989
Shitagong, Bangladesh,
Photography, 90x60cm
Church Gate Station, Bombay, India, 1995
Church Gate Station, Bombay, India,
Photography, 150x225cm
Sandwich Islands, 2009
Sandwich Islands,
Photography, 60x90cm
Gdank, Poland, 1990
Gdank, Poland,
Photography, 60x90cm
Antarctic Peninsula, 2005
Antarctic Peninsula,
Photography, 120x90cm
Antarctic Peninsula, 2005
Antarctic Peninsula,
Photography, 120x90cm
Brooks Range, Alaska, 2009
Brooks Range, Alaska,
Photography, 60x90cm
Gold mine (Serra Pelada, Brazil), 1986
Gold mine (Serra Pelada, Brazil),
Photography, 60x50cm
Pantanal - Mato Grosso (Brazil), 2005
Pantanal - Mato Grosso (Brazil),
Photography, 60x50cm
West Sumatra – Indonesia, 2008
West Sumatra – Indonesia,
Photography, 60x50cm
Dinka Cattle Camp (South Sudan), 2006
Dinka Cattle Camp (South Sudan),
Photography, 90x60cm
Yamal Peninsula, Siberia, Russia, 2011
Yamal Peninsula, Siberia, Russia,
Photography, 90x60cm
Gold mine (Serra Pelada, Brazil), 1986
Gold mine (Serra Pelada, Brazil),
Photography, 60x50cm


Together, Sebastião and Lélia have been working since the 90’s at the restoration of the environment in a part of the Atlantic forest. They gave back to nature the share of land they own, and in 1998, this land became a Natural Heritage Private Reserve. At the same year, they created the Earth Institute whose aim is to restore the forest, research and monitoring, environmental education and sustainable development.

Lélia and Sebastian were awarded the e. Institute Award and, UNESCO Brazil and Rio de Janeiro City Town hall, and also the “Environmentalist Personality” award, WWF-Brazil in 2012 in recognition of their work developed at the Earth Institute. Sebastião Salgado was awarded countless times for his photographic works. His is a Good Will Ambassador for UNICEF, honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Science in the United States. Received the commendation “Ordem do Rio Branco no Brazil” (Rio Branco’s Order in Brazil) and is “Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres”, for the Culture and Communication Ministry of France. On April 13th, 2016 he was elected a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts de l’Institut de France, taking over the place once held by the photographer Lucien Clergue.

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