Sebastião Salgado: Migrations Humanity in Transition




...it is human movements on a grand scale that Salgado has documented, giving us a series of pictures suggesting millions of people in motion, seeking survival and a better life -- one individual at a time, one family at a time, from field to town to city, and across national boundaries.




A settlement of landless peasants in Rio Bonito do Iguaçu. Parana State, Brazil. 1996. Photograph by Sebastião SALGADO / AMAZONAS Images / CONTACT Press Images
Welcome to Migrations: Humanity in Transition

Sponsored by PDN and Kodak, this Legends Online showcases the latest work by Sebastião Salgado, the Paris-based, Brazilian-born photojournalist who made a major impact on the world of images in 1993 with Workers, a dramatic documentation of manual labor at the survival level.

This time around, it is human movements on a grand scale that Salgado has documented, giving us a series of pictures suggesting millions of people in motion, seeking survival and a better life -- one individual at a time, one family at a time, from field to town to city, and across national boundaries.

"I want to show the immigrants' dignity," Salgado told PDN, "to show their courage and their entrepreneurial spirit and to demonstrate how they enrich us all with their individual differences."

Salgado has been at work on this project for six and a half years, and traveled to 47 countries to produce this extraordinary documentation. More than 400 photographs will be included in a two-volume book set to be published in April by seven publishers in seven different countries, including Aperture in the U.S. An internationally-travelling exhibition will also be premiered at that time. Salgado uses Kodak film (TRI-X and T-MAX) and paper exclusively.

We are honored to share this work with you on our site, which includes 32 images from Migrations: Humanity in Transition, and The Children, along with an exclusive interview with the photographer telling the story of the work. The photographs may be viewed in portfolio form in three different galleries: 1. The Human Family Around the World, 2. Leaving the Land for the Cities and 3. Children Today: Men and Women of the New Century. The site also includes a film, Human Dispatches by Salgado, a biography and a description and schedule about the upcoming exhibition of Migrations: Humanity in Transition.


For more information about Salgado's forthcoming books Migrations and The Children, please contact Aperture at info@aperture.org. For more information about the traveling exhibitions, please contact travex@aperture.org.


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