“[I want my photography] to create a discussion about what we have that is pristine on the planet, and what we must hold on this planet if we want to live.”
It has been said that when you ask amongst photojournalists who they are looking up to, they’ll say one name – Sebastiao Salgado. This admiration and influence did not grow overnight. In his TEDTALK, he bared it all – his humble beginnings and how he lives inside photography.
His projects take many years. Genesis is an ambitious one which took him eight years to complete. His other project, Workers took seven years as well while Migrations took six years. Migrations is a collection of photos while he extensively travelled 43 countries, seven continents.
Workers captured manual workers from 26 different countries all over the world. The most recent, Genesis spanned 30 trips to the world’s most pristine territories, land untouched by technology and modern life.
To give you an idea why he is noted for EPIC photojournalism, he spent 2 months just hiking through Ethiopia – it took him 500 miles and numerous-packed donkeys and their riders.