A fascinating look at the life and work of Brazilian photojournalist Sebastião Salgado, by Ted Forbes.


A little midweek inspiration for you, today we join Ted Forbes to look at the incredible work of Sebastião Salgado. Sebastião was born in Brazil on February 8, 1944. He grew up on a farm with his seven sisters. Originally he pursued a career in economics graduating with a masters degree from the University of São Paulo. After beginning his doctorate, he moved to London and worked as an economist for the International Coffee Organization.

Around the age of 26, he began to develop an interest in photography. It didn’t take long to develop his skill and within several years he decided to pursue a second career as a photojournalist. In 1979 he joined Magnum Photos of which he was a member until starting his own agency in 1994.

His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Out of interest, we’ve included a TedTalk by Sebastião where he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him. He also shares some of the breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world’s forgotten people and places.

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