Sebastiao Salgado

Sebastião Salgado was born on 8 February 1944 in Aimorés in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, and currently lives in Paris with his wife and greatest accomplice, Leila Wanick Salgado. Having trained as an economist, he went on to a career as a photographer. He began working as a photographer in Paris from 1973 onwards, through the Sygma, Gamma and Magnum Photos agencies. In 1994, he and his wife Leila set up their own press agency, Amazonas Images, created exclusively for his photographic work.

He has travelled more than a hundred countries for his photographic projects which, in addition to their numerous appearances in the press, have been published in books such as Other Americas (1986), Sahel: The End of the Road (1986), Workers (1993), Terra (1997), Migrations and Portraits (2000), Africa (2007), Genesis (2013) and Kuwait (2016). Touring exhibitions of these works have been, and continue to be, organised across the globe.

Sebastião Salgado has been awarded numerous photographic prizes. He is also a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and an honorary member of the Academy of Arts and Sciences in the United States.[1]In 2016 Salgado became a member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France, appointed to the seat previously occupied by Lucien Clergue. The same year he was made a Knight of the Legion of Honour, France.

Of his many projects, Genesis, which he began in 2004, is undoubtedly one of the most extensive. For this reason, the book was only published in 2013, some eight years later. He creates photographic series of landscapes, flora, fauna and human communities which are still living according to their ancient cultures and traditions. This work is intended as an investigation into nature in its original, unspoiled state. The magnificent book which came out of this project is a work which brings together thirty journeys and over two hundred images. Genesis is Salgado’s paean to the beauty of the planet, a heartfelt “love letter to our planet”.[2]

Lélia and Sebastião have been working together since the 1990s on re-establishing the environment in a small part of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, in the state of Minas Gerais. They started to return a piece of land which they owned to its natural state and in 1998 they turned the land into a nature reserve and created the Instituto Terra, the aim of which is to encourage reforestation and education about the environment.

In 2014, Wim Wenders and the photographer’s son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado made a documentary about Sebastiano Salgado’s work, The Salt of the Earth, which was awarded the Un Certain Regard Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Festival in 2014. It was also nominated for the Best Documentary, Feature Academy Award at the Oscars in 2015.

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Marcel Sternberger

Though the modern American public is only now coming to know Sternberger’s name, almost everyone has carried one of his images. A portrait of Franklin Delano Roosevelt taken by Marcel was the basis for the American dime. This marks Sternberger as one of the great photographers of the last century, but it also makes him as prolific as any artist in history. How the art of a refugee from World War II came to live in America’s pockets is an amazing story.
Marcel Sternberger began his life in 1899 as a citizen of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and served in World War I as an intelligence officer. During the years that followed, his country saw the rise of communism and then fascism, and neither were good for Marcel and his family. In the late 1920’s, after protesting the anti-Semitic regime with other veterans, he fled Austria-Hungary.

Eventually he arrived in France. There he began his career as a journalist. He would go on to write for Le Soir and Le Soir Illustré among other publications. When he later became a photographer, he brought to his work his journalistic instincts, turning every portrait session into an interview documented with his hand held Leica.

He soon moved from Paris to Germany. In 1932, he met his future wife Ilse, at the time a film student. It was actually Ilse’s love of film that would translate into a career as a photographer for Marcel. Indeed she gave him his first camera, a Leica, as a wedding gift. After they were engaged, the Sternbergers travelled back to Paris.

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Yelitza Salazar

Yelitza Salazar Photography in Miami uses a process to record the day as it unfolds to capture the unscripted moments. The photographer offers baby, engagement, maternity, wedding, and underwater photography. Yelitza Salazar specializes in newborn photography and newborn sessions start at $550. Her artwork has been published in People magazine.

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Intimate White House photos sum up exactly why we’re going to miss Barack Obama

Intimate White House photos sum up exactly why we’re going to miss Barack Obama

Millions of people around the world, not just Americans, will be sad to see the Obamas leave the White House (although hopefully they’ll be back soon, hint hint Michelle).

No one has put together a more intimate portrait of the family than Pete Souza, the Chief Official White House Photographer.

Over the last eight years, Souza has taken around two million pictures of Obama.

Don’t worry, we’re not going to show you all of them – but we think you should see Souza’s 55 favourites, compiled by Twisted Sifter, which prove just why so many people love this historic family.

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