• Sebastião Salgado: Magnum Opus

    On view through June 17, 2023

  • Sebastião Salgado Greater Burhan Oil Field, Kuwait, 1991
    Sebastião Salgado
    Greater Burhan Oil Field, Kuwait, 1991
  • Internationally renowned photographer Sebastião Salgado has released his latest body of work, Magnum Opus. The series represents the culmination of his illustrious career in limited editioned platinum palladium prints, the most sophisticated and archival of the photographic mediums. It is characterized by an expansive tonal range and a remarkably luminous quality.

     

    The fifty photographs that comprise Magnum Opus were chosen by Salgado and his partner, Lélia Wanick Salgado, and represent seminal works from almost five decades of photographic expeditions around the world. The photographs were selected from Salgado's two most recent series, Amazônia, and Genesis, as well as earlier projects including Other Americas, Sahel and Workers. Also featured are images from the Serra Pelada, gold mine in Brazil and the burning oil fields of Kuwait after the Gulf War.  

  • Sebastião Salgado Brooks Range, Alaska, 2009
    Sebastião Salgado
    Brooks Range, Alaska, 2009
  • Sebastião Salgado Serra Pelada gold mine, 1986
    Sebastião Salgado
    Serra Pelada gold mine, 1986
  • Proceeds from two of the seven editions of Magnum Opus were donated to benefit the Instituto Terra, a foundation started by Sebastião and Lélia in 1998 to revive their once devastated family farm in Aimorés, Brazil. Over the last 25 years, Instituto Terra has planted close to 3 million trees and their nursery has produced more than six million seedlings of 300 endemic species. Some of the tropical forest has now been restored and many animals - birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians - have returned to their natural habitat. The new trees are also helping to revive water sources and streams.

  • Sebastião Salgado Chinstrap penguins, Zavodovski and Visokoi Islands, South Sandwich Islands, November and December, 2009
    Sebastião Salgado
    Chinstrap penguins, Zavodovski and Visokoi Islands, South Sandwich Islands, November and December, 2009
  • Sebastião Salgado Guatemala, 1978
    Sebastião Salgado
    Guatemala, 1978
  • "I try with my pictures to raise a question, to provoke a debate, so that we can discuss problems together and come up with solutions."

     

    - Sebastião Salgado
  • Sebastião Salgado Bighorn Creek in the western part of the Kluane National Park, Canada, 2011
    Sebastião Salgado
    Bighorn Creek in the western part of the Kluane National Park, Canada, 2011
  • Sebastião Salgado Yawanawa Indigenous people, Brazil, 2016
    Sebastião Salgado
    Yawanawa Indigenous people, Brazil, 2016
  • For a complete list of available Magnum Opus platinum-palladium prints or to find out more about gelatin silver prints, please contact us, (416) 205-9000.

     

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  • SHORT FILM Watch a short film produced by Matthew Flowers Gallery, London, on the topic of Salgado's exhibition, Magnum Opus....

    SHORT FILM

    Watch a short film produced by Matthew Flowers Gallery, London, on the topic of Salgado's exhibition, Magnum Opus.

     

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  • About the artist
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    About the artist

    Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado is best known for his captivating black and white photographs of the natural world and those inhabiting it. Salgado trained as an economist before discovering photography in the early 1970s while working in London. Now one of the world’s most influential living photographers, his work spotlights global issues in relation to labour, nature and climate change. His practice has taken him to over 120 countries, with subjects ranging from workers in the burning oil fields of Kuwait to the breathtaking landscapes of Antarctica.

     

    Salgado has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards and honours throughout his career for his contribution to photojournalism, including the Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, USA (2019); Peace Prize of the German Book Trade, Germany (2019); Member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of Institut de France, elected for the seat previously occupied by Lucien Clergue (2016); Honorary Doctor of Arts, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA (2021); The Praemium Imperiale Award, Japan Art Association, Japan (2021). His work is held in public collections internationally, including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo; Tate, London; and the Getty Museum, Los Angeles. He has been the subject of various solo shows at major institutions, including the Natural History Museum, London; the National Museum of Singapore; the Sejong Centre, Singapore; and Prague Castle, Prague.