Sebastiao Salgado, Africa

Sebastiao Salgado, Africa

Hardback Language: English / French / German

By (photographer) Sebastiao Salgado, Edited by Lelia Wanick Salgado, Edited by Mia Couto

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  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH
  • Format: Hardback | 336 pages
  • Language: English / French / German
  • Dimensions: 246mm x 340mm x 34mm | 2,381g
  • Publication date: 1 October 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Cologne
  • ISBN 10: 3836523434
  • ISBN 13: 9783836523431
  • Edition: Multilingual edition
  • Edition statement: Multilingual
  • Illustrations note: zahlreiche Abbildungen
  • Sales rank: 156,861

Product description

Sebastiao Salgado is one the most respected photojournalists working today, his reputation forged by decades of dedication and powerful black-and-white images of distressed people taken in places where most wouldn't dare to go. Although he has photographed around the globe, his work most heavily concentrates on Africa, where he has shot more than 40 reportage works over a period of 30 years. From the Dinka tribes in Sudan and the Himba in Namibia to gorillas and volcanoes in the lakes region to displaced people throughout the continent, Salgado shows us all facets of African life today. He knows exactly how to grab the essence of a moment and his images artfully teach us the disastrous effects of war, poverty, disease, and hostile climatic conditions. This stunning book brings together Salgado's photos in three parts: the first concentrates on the southern part of the continent (Mozambique, Malawi, Angola, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia), the second on the Great Lakes region (Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya), and the third on the Sub-Saharan region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Mauritania, Senegal, Ethiopia). The texts are provided by renowned Mozambique novelist Mia Couto, who describes how today's Africa reflects the effects of colonization as well as the consequences of economic, social, and environmental crises.

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Sebastiao Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in Paris in 1973 and subsequently worked with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos. In 1994 he and his wife Lelia created Amazonas Images, an agency that handles exclusively his work. Salgado's photographic projects have been featured in many exhibitions as well as books, including Other Americas (1986), Sahel: l'homme en detresse (1986), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations (2000), and The Children (2000). Lelia Deluiz Wanick Salgado studied Architecture and Urban Planning in Paris. Her interest in photography started in the early 1970s and she moved on to conceiving and designing photography books and organizing exhibitions, numerous of them on Sebastiao Salgado. Since 1994 Lelia is director of the press agency Amazonas Images. Translated in more than 20 languages, Mia Couto is Mozambique's most celebrated author. His first novel, Sleepwalking Land, was chosen by an international jury as one of twelve best African books published in the 20th century. He lives in Maputo, Mozambique and works as an ecologist.

Review quote

"In the footsteps of courage and catastrophe... The beauty of Sebastiao Salgado's Africa - a 30-year journey across the dark continent by the world's greatest photojournalist." - The Sunday Times Magazine, London "In the footsteps of courage and catastrophe [...] - a 30-year journey across the dark continent by the world's greatest photojournalist." - The Sunday Times Magazines, London"