Sebastiao SALGADO, Serra Pelada (man leaning against post) Enlarge 1 /1

Sebastiao SALGADO

Brazil born 1944

Serra Pelada (man leaning against post) 1986-91 prtd 1991 Description: from The end of manual labour
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph

Primary Insc: signed and dated verso, l.r., pencil "S. Salgado/ ... 1986" titled verso, l.r., pencil ".../ BRAZIL ..."
Dimensions: printed image 30.0 h x 44.1 w cm sheet 40.4 h x 50.2 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1991
Accession No: NGA 91.402
Image rights: © Sebastião Salgado. Licensed by Viscopy

Throughout his career, photojournalist Sebastião Salgado has used his images to raise public awareness of the plight of the vulnerable and downtrodden. He has specialised in long-term, self-assigned projects during which he travels around the world to document a single theme – refugees or labourers, for example. He evokes biblical archetypes to give his work the force of myth. The writhing body of workers at the Serra Pelada gold mine in his native Brazil are surely a glimpse of hell on earth.

Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra