Sebastião Salgado "Africa"

Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography

poster for Sebastião Salgado "Africa"

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Sebastião Salgado, a pioneer of the photo-documentary genre, is still active today. The Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography is delighted to present an exhibition of his latest work, entitled ‘Africa’.

In this exhibition, we look at the true state of Africa, which is sometimes referred to as ‘the neglected continent,’ through the eyes of Sebastião Salgado, who started his career as an economist. Since he first began photographing Africa in the 1970s, various campaigns have been held around the world to prevent starvation and desertification there, and numerous plans have been put into action. Despite this, all that has been achieved is a repetition of advances and retreats. Some regions suffer from endless wars or seemingly unstoppable environmental degradation, while some of the cities demonstrated rapid economic development for a certain period while the continent’s natural resources continue to attract international attention. How we should acknowledge and respond to the widening gulf that exists between rich and poor in Africa is a universal question that faces all the countries in the world.

Sebastião Salgado is currently involved with his ‘Genesis’ series, which he says is the last major project he will work on. For this project, he is traveling the world to cover places never before visited by Westerners, but the project is not limited to photography. Salgado also uses education and tree planting in an effort to demonstrate the magnitude of the Earth’s bounty, offering us a new look at the history of mankind. The upcoming exhibition will consist of approximately 100 works, including some of the latest from the ‘Genesis’ project.

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[Image: from Sebastião Salgado, Africa, Taschen, USA, 2007
Child worker at the Mata tea plantation. Rwanda, 1991.
Photographs by Sebastião Salgado / Amazonas images. Organized by Lélia Wanick Salgado, the exhibition curator.]

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From 2009-10-24 To 2009-12-13

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maxhodges: (2009-12-09)

don't miss it! excellent work! 100 shots from around 35 years of photojournalism in the region...

co_samet: (2010-01-09)

壮大な砂漠に風が描く模様や、射るようなヒョウのまなざし、しなやかな裸族の女性の肢体、ルワンダでの虐殺現場…どの写真にも生と死を強く感じた。
一番印象的だったのはルワンダで撮影された、ツチ族の収容所での一枚。サルガドにしては珍しいいわゆるスナップ写真だ。
映っているのはフツ族を虐殺したかどで捕まったツチ族の男たち。目の前にいたら「Hi!」と話しかけたくなるほどひとなつっこいその笑顔を見ると、あのジェノサイドの被害者はフツ族だけではなかったことを思い知る。

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