Wednesday, 10 June 2009

A “Genesis” of Photography

The term photojournalist is often used very loosely I feel these days and often more than not some of us, I included, are drawn by the necessity to pay the bill and keep the damper on the table to utilise our image taking and satisfy the hounding editor or at least keep them from the gin bottle for another hour.

I am constantly awed by photographer’s abilities to be able to follow different themes and produce truly stunning images. One of these is Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, considered one of the best photojournalists alive today.

He has dedicated his life to capturing images that tell the truth, no hidden facts. He is indeed a humanist who conveys his feelings with powerful images and tells of life how it really.
In his latest project which is nearing completion, “Genesis” he is documenting the effects of modern development on our fragile environment.

"I hope that the person who visits my exhibitions, and the person who comes out, are not quite the same," says Mr. Salgado. "I believe that the average person can help a lot, not by giving material goods but by participating, by being part of the discussion, by being truly concerned about what is going on in the world."

View a slide show HERE of Sebastião Salgado from the New York Times Media: And if you have the time view THIS amazing video - long but worth it!

Image By Sebastião Salgado
A community above ChimborazoEcuador, 1982
© Sebastiao Salgado

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