Sebastiao Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in Paris in 1973 and subsequently worked with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos. In 1994, he and his wife Lelia Wanick Salgado created Amazonas Images, which is today their studio, and exclusively handles his work. Salgado's photographic projects have been featured in many exhibitions as well as books, including Sahel. L'Homme en detresse (1986), Other Americas (1986), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations (2000), The Children (2000), Africa (2007), Genesis (2013), The Scent of a Dream (2015), Kuwait. A Desert on Fire (2016), and Gold (2019). Alan Riding is a Brazilian-born British author and former long-time foreign correspondent for The New York Times. Having served as the paper's bureau chief in Mexico, Brazil, and France as well as its European arts correspondent, he is now writing for the theatre. A resident of Paris like Sebastiao Salgado, the two have been friends and collaborators since the early 1980s.
In his staggering images of the Serra Pelada gold mines, Salgado
documented the limits of human endurance - and revived black and
white reportage. * The Spectator *
The mine at Serra Pelada is now closed, yet the intense drama of the gold rush leaps out of these images. * Alan Riding *