10 great Sebastião Salgado quotes about photojournalism

World-renowned photojournalist Sebastião Salgado is known for his intensely demanding, long-term projects that focus on themes of nature and humanity. ‘Workers’, ‘Migrations’ and ‘Genesis’ are three such projects that comprise hundreds of pictures from around the world.

Creating powerful black-and-white imagery that has the power to instigate change has become Salgado’s life mission. “Photography is the language that gives people the opportunity to see what you saw,” he says.

But the former Magnum photographer started out on a different track to documentary photography: he studied economics in Brazil and journeyed to Paris to complete a PhD before turning to photography in 1973.

Taken from the interview on the Canon stand at The Photography Show 2017, here are 10 Sebastião Salgado quotes that lift the lid on what photojournalism is really about:

1. Take your time
“Photography is much more than just taking pictures – it is a way of life. What you feel, what you want to express, is your ideology and your ethics. It’s a language that allows you to travel over the wave of history.”

2. Infuse your photography with your ideals
“Photography is deeply subjective. It is my way of seeing – my pictures are made with my political and ideological ideas.”

3. Make the most of your access
“It is a privilege to be a photographer – to have the opportunity to be there.”

4. Don’t rush a story
“When you [capture] a story, it must be your story, your choice. You must have 100 per cent identification with your story – a patience with the subject that you shoot.”

5. Discuss and consider your stories
“I have a partner that I work with: my wife. The most important thing in all my life was the day that I met my wife. I met her in 1964 and every story that I photographed, we considered, we discussed together. We were motivated by the same ethical and political reasons to do these stories.”

6. Prepare a strong concept
“The time spent photographing in the field is only one per cent of the time. The time I take to consider – to prepare, to design, to have the concept – is a full lifetime. That’s the point with photography.”

7. Live your photography
“When you see these pictures they are much more than just nice pictures, than just a story. It is my life.”

8. Don’t take life for granted
“I am not a believer. But if there is one power superior that can guide us, for me, it is evolution. How we came to be what we are today – what a culmination of experience we have. There is a big power there.”

9. All of Earth’s creatures are equal
On his picture, Marine iguana, Galápagos, Ecuador, 2004: “Every movement in the arm of the iguana is the same that we have in our arm – I identify with the iguana as my cousin. All of us came from the same cells. In a moment it was possible to be an iguana and the iguana to be me.”

10. Photographers are the eyes of the world
“Photography is the language that gives people the opportunity to see what you saw.”
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10 great Sebastião Salgado quotes about photojournalism
via Canon


Minim | Hengki Koentjoro

La tranquilité en l’absence d’abondance est une ouverture vers une dimension dont la sinification s’étend au-delà de la simple perception visuelle. Elle nous pousse à faire glisser notre regard, en espérant apercevoir une beauté nue qui émergerait d’un presque vide. Et en effet, elle y apparaitra dans sa manifestation la plus profonde. Le charme le plus simple là où les sujets sont les plus minimes.

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Minim | Hengki Koentjoro
via Square Magazine

A Guide to Infrared Landscape Photography

A Guide to Infrared Landscape Photography

Do you have a fascination with infrared photography but no idea about its ins and outs? With decades of experience, Tim Shoebridge will guide you through the process of creating infrared masterpieces.

I have always had a fascination with infrared photography for as long as I can remember. I started out with my first film camera when I was only just a teenager, I was drawn to photography like a magnet at a very young age and in the years that followed I was fortunate to be able to experiment with film processing and printing in a make-shift darkroom at home. I progressed from a make-shift darkroom to something permanent, from regular black & white to infrared, lithographic and then both colour negative (C41) and colour positive (E6) processes. Upon turning sixteen I went to work in the darkroom of a busy wedding photography business. That was all thirty-five years ago.

A Guide to Infrared Landscape Photography
continue at Landscape Photography Magazine

Elegant Street Photography | Interview with Ando Fuchs

“Venice is one of my favorite places, the city offers me everything I need.” —Ando Fuchs

My interest in photography began in my youth, I photographed in color and without any particular ideas in mind, for some reason I stopped photographing but I never lost interest.
In 2009, I happened to get to know an amateur photographer who encouraged me to take up photography again; I credit him and another photographer whom I met later on as the reason I am photographing today. I am entirely self-taught and never leave home without my camera.

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Elegant Street Photography
by Ando Fuchs

more in Adore Noir Magazine

From the Ground Up by Steve Geer

‘I call this project From the Ground Up. In Lewis Carroll’s Through the Looking Glass, Alice finds a world that is familiar, and yet not quite right. She notes: “Somehow it seems to fill my head with ideas – only I don’t exactly know what they are!” Lewis Carroll was pointing out that seeing something we don’t quite understand gets us thinking.

‘People stare as I kneel in puddles with a tripod-mounted camera pointing at the ground. I am staring too, but at the shapes and tones and textures in my looking-glass world. This world is in a city. That’s where I live. It’s a place in which almost every square inch has been utilised for some human purpose. A landscape made from the earth, its ingredients ground up, separated and reconfigured.

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Steve Geer’s fascinating mirror-images of Chicago, the city where he lives.
more in Black+White Photography

Black and White Portaits by Franziska Korries

Photography is now more than a hobby. It creates a wonderful balance for stressful workdays. If I have a camera in my hand, I formally merge with the lens and forget the Surroundings Others go running, I go and take pictures.

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“Definitely a passionate hobby photographer!”
more by Franziska Korries
in Modellenland Magazine

“Vivian Maier. Una fotografa ritrovata”

Attimi rubati alla quotidianità umana: la vita reale eternata in scatti privi di qualsiasi contaminazione nel rispetto dell’unicità del momento

È la loggia degli Abati di Palazzo Ducale di Genova che, fino ai primi di ottobre, ospita la mostra a cura di Anne Morin e Alessandra Mauro: “Vivian Maier. Una fotografa ritrovata”. Figura imponente, ma discreta, decisa e intransigente nei modi, Vivian Maier ritraeva le città dove aveva vissuto, New York e Chicago, in un momento di fervido cambiamento sociale e culturale. Immagini potenti, di una folgorante bellezza, che rivelano una grande emotività artistica e rivolti con uno sguardo attratto e attento non solo ai piccoli dettagli, ai particolari e alle imperfezioni, ma anche ai bambini, agli anziani, alla vita che le scorreva davanti agli occhi.

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“Vivian Maier. Una fotografa ritrovata”
via Lui Magazine Italia