Preeminent contemporary photographer Sebastião Salgado is noted for his social documentary photography of workers in less developed nations
Thursday, April 04, 2013
Salgado will present from a selection of various bodies of work throughout his career on Thursday, April 25 at 7 p.m. as part of Lesley’s Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture Series.
Free and open to the public, the lecture will be held in the Rabb Auditorium at the Boston Public Library, 700 Boylston Street, Boston, Mass. Seating is limited, to register, please click here.
Salgado is known for his expansive projects that strive to inform, and transform, the viewer. A photojournalist and social documentary photographer, Salgado often depicts the working poor in developing nations, providing a stunning humanist commentary on broad sociopolitical and economic themes.
His work, often described as a compassionate and hopeful representation of the dignity of human struggle, serves to increase awareness of the realities of the waning industrial age.
“For 40 years, Salgado has traveled throughout the world creating striking images that provide powerful insights into the human condition and the natural worlds we inhabit,” said Stan Trecker, Dean of The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University (AIB), which organized Salgado’s lecture. “From Siberia to the Namib desert to the oil wells of Kuwait and the jungles of the Amazon, Salgado’s photographic projects have demonstrated a deep respect for the people and the environments he encounters.”
During the Strauch-Mosse Lecture, Salgado will present a range of his projects including Other Americas, Workers, Terra, Migrations, and Genesis.
Salgado’s awards include the International Center of Photography’s Photographer of the Year, and the Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography. Nine books of his photographs have been published, and his work has been exhibited and collected by major museums all over the world.
Born on a cattle farm in Brazil, Salgado studied economics until his political resistance to Brazil’s right-wing government led him to Paris in 1969. He discovered the power of photography while dispatched to Rwanda as an economist, and soon became a member of the legendary Magnum photo cooperative. You can see his work at www.amazonasimages.com.
The Strauch-Mosse Visiting Artist Lecture Series, established through a $1 million gift by Lesley University Trustee Hans D. Strauch, enables Lesley to host locally, nationally, and internationally renowned artists for exhibitions lectures, promoting Lesley’s dedication to cultural and artistic literacy.
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