He is legendary, iconic, and insanely creative. He is an activist and economist who breath art. In his TED talk he shared that photography is his life and so much more. He did not only take fleeting moments, he has live his art. His photograph turned into books, tv shows, movies, and powerful advocacy that impacted his country and the world.
“So many times I’ve photographed stories that show the degradation of the planet. I had one idea to go and photograph the factories that were polluting, and to see all the deposits of garbage. But, in the end, I thought the only way to give us an incentive, to bring hope, is to show the pictures of the pristine planet – to see the innocence.”
I was blessed to personally witness up close his amazing and impressive body of work now on display at the Bangkok Arts and Cultural Centre. Like all other art exhibitions, cameras were prohibited to protect the copyright of the artist and while my eyes were feasting on the photos, my shutter thumb was restless.
He is an inspiration, my art peg not only for his brilliant captures but also for his passion to make a difference in other people’s lives.
Backstory : Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian social documentary photographer and photojournalist. He has traveled in over 120 countries for his photographic projects. Most of these have appeared in numerous press publications and books. (source:wikipedia)