Sebastião Salgado - Photographs London Tuesday, November 23, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Donated by the artist

  • Literature

    S. Salgado, Terra: Struggle of the Landless, London: Phaidon, 1997, p. 59
    S. Salgado, Other Americas, New York: Aperture, 2015, pp. 50 - 51
    S. Salgado, Gold, Cologne: Taschen, 2019, pp. 22-23

  • Catalogue Essay

    Arguably one of the most iconic photographs ever taken, Brazil, 1986 is from Brazilian social documentary photographer Sebastião Salgodo’s epic body of images shot at the Serra Pelada gold mine. It was first published in the Sunday Times Magazine and later in his book Sebastião Salgado: Gold, published by Taschen in 2018. His images of the mine are part of a larger series Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Age 1986–92 that includes 313 photographs from 42 types of workplace in 26 countries. As well as producing individual prints of the images in this series, Salgado compiled them into a book of the same title in 1997.

    Prior to becoming a photographer, Sebastião Salgado (b.1944) was a Marxist economist and activist. His work at the International Coffee Organization in London required him to make frequent trips to Africa, and his desire to document these experiences sparked his interest in photography. By 1974, he was freelancing as a photojournalist for the Sygma agency in Paris. Salgado has won many honours for his work, among them the Eugene Smith Award for Humanitarian Photography, two ICP Infinity Awards for Journalism, the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Award and the Arles International Festival's prize for best photography book of the year for Workers (1993).




Gelatin silver print, printed later.
28.3 x 42 cm (11 1/8 x 16 1/2 in.)
Credit blindstamp in the margin; signed, titled and dated in pencil on the verso.

£6,000 - 8,000 

Sold for £5,292

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London Auction 23 November 2021