Sebastião Salgado - Photographs New York Saturday, November 14, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist

  • Catalogue Essay

    Sebastiäo Salgado’s photographs, be it of countryside migrants living in major cities or gold miners in Brazil’s Serra Pelada, are known for their humanitarian touch. In his more recent oeuvre, however, the famed Brazilian photographer has shifted the spotlight from social systems to ecosystems whilst maintaining his signature sensible style. The natural subjects depicted in the images are spots Salgado believes to have eluded the adverse effects of globalization, and as such function as reminders of a purer, cleaner world, one that has remained untouched by the passing of time and intervention by Mankind. The Antarctica images are portraits of Nature at its finest, invoking reverence, humility and inspiration in the viewers. A tireless advocate for the environment, Salgado spends up to months at a time inhabiting the places he photographs. Each image is imbued with the unshakeable patience and a majestic sensitivity that have come to typify his work.


Chinstrap Penguins (Pygoscelis Antarctica), Deception Island, Antarctica from Genesis

Gelatin silver print.
29 3/4 x 21 1/2 in. (75.6 x 54.6 cm).
Signed, titled 'Antarctica' and dated in pencil on the verso.

$9,000 - 12,000 

Sold for $21,250


14 Nov 2009
New York