Photographs & The Enduring Image: The Collection of Dr. Saul Unter

Featuring legendary works by Edward Steichen, Man Ray and Robert Capa, among others, Dr. Unter’s collection encompasses the full range of the human experience.

Edward Steichen 1879 -1973
Gloria Swanson, New York, 1924
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Alfred Eisenstaedt 1898-1995
V-J Day, Times Square, New York City, 1945
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Sebastião Salgado b. 1944
Coal Mining, Dhanbad, India, 1989
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Alfred Eisenstaedt 1898-1995
Children at a Puppet Theatre, Paris, 1963
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Andreas Feininger 1907-1999
The Photojournalist (Dennis Stock), 1955
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Photographs & The Enduring Image: The Collection of Dr. Saul Unter
New York, 9 April 2018
Auction & Viewing Location
450 Park Avenue New York 10022
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Femmes du Monde | Sebastião Salgado et Marc Riboud

Ils ont accompagné l’aventure de Polka depuis sa création, en 2007. C’était il y a dix ans. A l’occasion de cet anniversaire, la galerie souhaite saluer deux grands photographes qui lui ont, dès les débuts, accordé leur confiance : Sebastião Salgado et Marc Riboud, disparu en août 2016. Leurs travaux vont dialoguer, le temps d’un accrochage entre novembre et janvier, autour d’une série de photographies qui dévoilent et racontent des personnages féminins rencontrés au gré de leurs reportages. Cette proposition existe grâce à la complicité de Lelia Wanick Salgado et de Catherine Riboud, leurs épouses, qui ont imaginé avec la galerie cette sélection.

L’exposition « Femmes du monde » est conçue comme un hommage à l’audace, à l’indépendance et au réalisme lyrique de l’Origine selon Courbet. Le maitre d’Ornans a étudié les mystères du regard, de la beauté et du désir. Il s’est interrogé sur la place et la vision du spectateur face au tableau. En 1855, il écrit: « Savoir pour pouvoir, telle fut ma pensée. Traduire les moeurs, les idées, l’aspect de mon époque, être non seulement un peintre, mais encore un homme, en un mot faire de l’art vivant. » C’est l’une des vocations de la photographie.

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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

Framing Humanity | Sebastião Salgado

Superlatives are hard to avoid when describing the work of Sebastião Salgado. Recently, one magazine hailed him as the ‘world’s greatest living photographer’ and while such statements are often thoughtlessly attributed to many lesser mortals, it is difficult to argue against such a claim for the Paris-based artist. Now 73, Salgado is renowned for the epic scale of his photographic projects, involving years of planning, travelling and editing, all with a painstaking devotion to create books as heavy as coffee tables and exhibitions that fill the world’s grandest museums.

“I like to photograph large…there is a lot of information inside my pictures. To have information I must give space and to give space I must give depth of field too.”
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Framing Humanity
by Sebastião Salgado

more in Professional Photography – July/August 2017

Kuwait: A Desert on Fire | Sebastião Salgado

Kuwait: A Desert on Fire
by Sebastião Salgado

Nicholas Metivier Gallery is pleased to present its third solo exhibition with internationally renowned documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado. The exhibition coincides with the release of Salgado’s new book, Sebastião Salgado – Kuwait: A Desert on Fire, published TASCHEN. The exhibition will open on May 4th and run until May 27th with and opening reception on Thursday, May 4th. Kuwait: A Desert on Fire is a featured exhibition for the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

In April 1991, following the end of the First Gulf War, Sebastião Salgado travelled to Kuwait on assignment for the New York Times Magazine. Over 600 oil wells had been set ablaze by Iraqi forces after their occupation of Kuwait was thwarted by a US-led coalition. The region was in the midst of one of the worst man-made environmental catastrophes in recent history. Firefighters from around the globe, including the Safety Boss Team from Calgary, Alberta, had been sent to Kuwait to cap the wells and put out the massive fires.

Arriving in the Ahmadi Oil Fields, 20 miles south west of Kuwait City, Salgado came across a desert engulfed in flames, covered in oil and smothered in a thick black smoke. For one month, Salgado documented this apocalyptic landscape and the firefighters that worked relentlessly, despite the horrendous conditions. At the end of each day, the firefighters would bathe themselves in a man-made lake with gasoline and detergent to cleanse their oil-soaked bodies. Salgado carried a water bottle filled with gasoline to remove the oil from his hands and camera lens, prior to taking his photographs.

During his time in Kuwait, Salgado engaged with the firefighters, gaining their trust and respect. This is evidenced by the remarkable candidness shown by the men in his black and white photographs. Salgado was inspired by the firefighters’ professionalism and spirit. To him, they were the true heroes of the First Gulf War.  Salgado’s images are surreal reminders of the devastation suffered in Kuwait as a result of war and pay homage to the men who worked to contain the disaster.

A selection of photographs from Kuwait were published in a feature for The New York Times Magazine in 1991 and were part of Salgado’s photographic essay, Workers (1993). The majority of the photographs were archived and never released.  In 2016, the complete project was revisited to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the First Gulf War.

Born in Brazil in 1944, Salgado has been the recipient of numerous photographic prizes in recognition of his accomplishments, including the Gold Medal Award for Photography from the National Arts Club in New York. Several books have been published on Salgado’s work including Workers, Migrations and Genesis. Salgado was part of the well-known cooperative agency, Magnum Photos, for 15 years before founding his own agency, Amazonas images, in Paris with his wife Léila Wanick Salgado. Since 2013, Genesis has been touring to leading museums around the world including the British Museum, London, UK; International Centre of Photography, New York; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; Ara Pacis Museum, Rome and the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. A 2015 documentary film on the life and work of Salgado, The Salt of The Earth, debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award. Most recently, Salgado was appointed to the prestigious Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France.

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Kuwait: A Desert on Fire
by Sebastião Salgado

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100 photos de Sebastião Salgado pour la liberté de la presse

100 photos de Sebastião Salgado pour la liberté de la presse

RSF_SebastiaoSalgado04aDécouvrez dès maintenant l’album numéro 51 de RSF consacré à Sebastião Salgado, à paraitre le 7 avril. Plongez dans l’univers d’un des plus grands photographes contemporains, maître de la photo humaniste en noir et blanc. L’auteur de Genesis donne aux paysages et aux visages qu’il photographie un “souffle épique” qui traduit les bouleversements de notre monde, selon les mots d’Irina Bokova, directrice générale de l’UNESCO qui préface cet album exceptionnel.

RSF_SebastiaoSalgado04bReporters sans frontières présente 100 photos de Sebastião Salgado pour la liberté de la presse, un album consacré au travail d’un des plus grands photographes contemporains, maître de la photo humaniste en noir et blanc. Par son écriture photographique, Salgado témoigne des paradoxes du progrès et de la place de l’homme sur la Terre. Le portfolio plonge le lecteur dans son oeuvre épique à travers une sélection d’images tirées de ses plus célèbres projets photographiques. Des textes inédits apportent un éclairage sur ce photographe hors normes et des articles engagés retracent l’actualité du combat de RSF pour la liberté de la presse.


RSF_SebastiaoSalgado04dDepuis quarante ans, Sebastião Salgado parcourt la planète pour rendre compte de ses bouleversements politiques, naturels ou économiques et de ses grands mouvements humains. Son regard ne se pose pas seulement sur une réalité, celle du monde en crise et en développement, il nous expose les blessures de la nature et la noblesse des hommes. L’engagement de Salgado dépasse le cadre de l’acte photographique : la reforestation de la ferme de ses parents avec sa femme Lélia et l’Instituto Terra témoigne d’un projet de vie tout entier consacré à s’investir au plus près de ses sujets.

RSF_SebastiaoSalgado04eAucun ouvrage avant cet album exceptionnel n’a proposé de rétrospective du travail de Sebastião Salgado et de ses différents projets photographiques des années 70 à nos jours. « 100 Photos de Sebastião Salgado » propose une sélection unique des plus belles images d’une icône de la photographie contemporaine, qui saisit avec la même puissance la majesté des paysages et l’émotion des portraits.


RSF_SebastiaoSalgado04gAuteur de best-sellers et célèbre auprès du grand public, Sebastião Salgado, photographe de tous les records (120 000 entrées pour « Genesis » à la Maison européenne de la photographie en 2013 et 350 000 spectateurs pour le Sel de la Terre, le documentaire que lui a consacré Wim Wenders), est enfin visible dans un album à un prix attractif, avec un format agrandi et une qualité de papier supérieure qui mettent en valeur ses spectaculaires images.

RSF_SebastiaoSalgado04hLe portfolio est accompagné de textes inédits rédigés par des personnalités internationales qui analysent et explicitent le travail de Salgado. Parmi elles, Irina Bokova, directrice générale de l’UNESCO, Susan George, militante altermondialiste, Alain Mingam, photographe et commissaire d’exposition, Fred Ritchin, directeur de l’école de photo de l’ICP, ou Jean-Noël Jeanneney, historien et président des Rencontres d’Arles.

RSF_SebastiaoSalgado04iLe lecteur découvrira également dans cet album des contenus engagés qui reflètent le combat au quotidien de Reporters sans frontières pour la liberté d’information, notamment des articles consacrés à la crise qui frappe les médias au Burundi, à la politique d’exportation du modèle de censure chinois, au projet de loi désastreux visant à réformer les médias en Pologne ou encore un focus sur les oligarques et les menaces que les rachats de médias font peser sur l’indépendance de l’information. A l’occasion d’un entretien exclusif, Marty Baron, éditeur du Washington Post, reviendra sur le cas de Jason Rezaian (journaliste libéré de prison le 20 janvier 2016) et sur sa vision des combats pour le journalisme indépendant.

RSF_SebastiaoSalgado04j100 photos de Sebastião Salgado pour la liberté de la presse
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In conversation with Sebastião Salgado

In conversation with Sebastião Salgado
The man, his work, his life

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 … What are your thoughts on the EOS 5DS R?
“The quality is amazing. I carried out some tests with it and produced a test print. I then took a small section of that image and blew it up to a large one metre wide print. Even at that size the image was still sharp with no degradation in image quality. But you know, I have one problem with this camera and that it that is not tropicalised. With these cameras you cannot spend all day in the rain with them, like I can with the [EOS] 1D X. But I’m sure that one day Canon will produce a camera that will have perfect weather-sealing and that amazing 50 Megapixel sensor.”
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Today we present a new filmed interview on the life and work of Sebastião Salgado, one of the world’s greatest photographers. Discover his thoughts on photography, going digital with Canon, plus much more…

Sebastião Salgado Talks To CPN at: canon-europe