In this video, award-winning photographer Sebastião Salgado presents the five photos that changed his life, taking him from the depths of horror, despair and a rejection of his craft, to an unexpected shift into hope, a renewal of his commitment to the camera, and a new mission for an earth-serving legacy.
The searing images span 1991-2016, a period in which the Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist covered the toll of the first Gulf War, the human misery of African conflicts, and the signs of decline and renewal of Amazonia.
Salgado has travelled to over 120 countries for his projects, most of which have appeared in numerous press publications and books. Touring exhibitions of his work have been presented throughout the world.
He is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, having been awarded the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant in 1982, the Foreign Honorary Membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1992 and the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in 1993.
Since April 2016, Salgado has also been a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts at the Institut de France.
Together, the photographer and his wife Lélia have worked since the 1990s on the restoration of a part of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil. In 1998, they succeeded in turning 17,000 acres into a nature reserve and created the Instituto Terra, dedicated to reforestation, conservation and environmental education.
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