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Sebastiano Salgado - Exodus - Migrations - Scuderia Papale

Sebastiao Salgado was also showing in Edinburgh until 2 Sept. 2001. I saw his exhibition called Migrations at the Scuderia Papale last year (2000) in Rome. You can read about it on my site http://www. verinhaottoni. com. This exhibition has a book organised by Aperture of 300 images in 28 cities around the world, the latest at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh, takes photojournalism to a new dimension. In 1993, a book and an international travelling exhibition of his work by Aperture entitled Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Age was published. It was about the millions of workers around the world, the incredible images of the Serra Pelada mines in Brazil, and masses of human-beings struggle daily in mud searching for gold; powerful images of desperados. Certainly Sebastiao Salgado's work follows the effect of globalisation and his photographs show the exploited, the oppressed and the dispossessed of our world.

The work, Exodus, shows a survey of mass migration; millions had fled Communist regimes. The collapse of Communism in Eastern Europe has made more people seek better lives in the West. He said, "I don't want to create a bad conscience in people seeing my photographs. I want people to be aware of the problems and try to address them, but there's no point in taking a picture that is just terrible. It's a terrible story, but I look for the positive. These people have in their hearts that they'll find a better life. " He says he is influenced by the baroque Portuguese imagery of his Brazilian upbringing but also Goya's The Horrors of War. He studied to become an economist but he became an advocate for the world's poorest people, scenes unimaginable from famine and disease to genocide in Rwanda. On BBC-he gave a touching talk about his photographic work Arena: Salgago - The Spectre of Hope.


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