Salgado and the Sony awards

I’m looking forward to seeing the Sony World Photography Awards show, which opened in London today. Among the winners was the Brazilian Sebastião Salgado, who received the prize for Outstanding Contribution to Photography. He has been working for half a century in black-and-white, first documenting the end of large-scale manual labour, then depicting those last remaining areas where humans live in harmony with their landscape.

More than 40 of his images will be on view in the show at Somerset House, which runs until May 6. The selection, which he made himself, draws on his early projects, such as Gold (1986) and Workers (1993), and more recent bodies of work such as Genesis (2011) — which he described as “my love letter to the planet” — and Amazônia (2019).

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