Sebastião Salgado is a veteran documentary / photojournalism photographer from Brazil. His beautiful work captured my heart in the 2014 documentary film The Salt of the Earth.

Sebastião Salgado has been awarded numerous major photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments. He is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and an honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States.

Naturally I could not show all of the beautiful images Sebastian Salgado captured over the years but here are a few of my favourite ones:

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Sahel 1984 – 1985

“In 1984 and 1985 this part of Africa underwent a drought of catastrophic magnitude, never known before. War was on in several regions, in Chad, in Ethiopia, and, because of the drought or using this natural phenomenon, war amplified the exodus and pushed the populations out of the villages in which they could have hoped to survive. Sebastião Salgado stayed several months there to photograph the catastrophe in Mali, Chad, Ethiopia, Sudan and Erythrea.” – source

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A refugee from Eritrea, carrying his dying son, arrives at Wad Sherifai camp. Sudan . 1985

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A malnourished, dehydrated woman in the hospital in Gourma Rharous. Mali . 1985

Region of Lake Faguibine. Mali . 1985

Region of Lake Faguibine. Mali . 1985

Workers (1986)

“In 1986 Sebastião Salgado began a series of reportages on the theme of manual labor, throughout the different continents. This work was conceived to tell the story of an era. The images offer a visual archaeology of a time that history knows as the Industrial Revolution, a time when men and women work with their hands provided the central axis of the world.” – Source

Gold Mine in Brazil.

Gold Mine in Brazil.

Exiting a pit of hell. Brazilian Gold Mine.

Exiting a pit of hell. Brazilian Gold Mine.

The burning oil fields of Kuwait.

The burning oil fields of Kuwait.