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Sebastião Salgado. Africa

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Sebastião Salgado’s stark black-and-white images of Africa come together in this remarkable photographic collection, shot over a period of 30 years. These images tell the tale of a continent ravaged by troubles but immensely rich in history and culture. With humility and insight, Salgado draws us into multiple and diverse regions surviving in the face of environmental and humanitarian crises.
Hardcover14.2 x 10.2 in.7.28 lb336 pages
XL books are at least 34 cm (13.4 in.) high, with the exception of landscape-format titles
Sebastião Salgado. Africa

Sebastião Salgado. Africa


Empathy and Ecstasy

An homage to Africa’s people and wildlife

Sebastião Salgado is one the most respected photojournalists working today, his reputation forged by decades of dedication and powerful black-and-white images of dispossessed and distressed people, taken in places where most wouldn’t dare to go. Although he has photographed throughout South America and around the globe, his work most heavily concentrates on Africa, where he has shot more than 40 reportage works over a period of 30 years. From the Dinka tribes in Sudan and the Himba in Namibia to gorillas and volcanoes in the lakes region to displaced peoples throughout the continent, Salgado shows us all facets of African life today. Whether he’s documenting refugees or vast landscapes, Salgado knows exactly how to grab the essence of a moment so that when one sees his images one is involuntarily drawn into them. His images artfully teach us the disastrous effects of war, poverty, disease, and hostile climatic conditions.

This book brings together Salgado’s photos of Africa in three parts. The first concentrates on the southern part of the continent (Mozambique, Malawi, Angola, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia), the second on the Great Lakes region (Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Kenya), and the third on the Sub-Saharan region (Burkina Faso, Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Chad, Mauritania, Senegal, Ethiopia). Texts are provided by renowned Mozambique novelist Mia Couto, who describes how today’s Africa reflects the effects of colonization as well as the consequences of economic, social, and environmental crises.

This stunning book is not only a sweeping document of Africa but an homage to the continent’s history, people, and natural phenomena.
The photographer

Sebastião Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in Paris in 1973 and subsequently worked with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos. In 1994, he and his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado created Amazonas Images, which is today their studio, and exclusively handles his work. Salgado’s photographic projects have been featured in many exhibitions as well as books, including Sahel. L’Homme en détresse (1986), Other Americas (1986), Terra (1997), Migrations (2000), The Children (2000), Africa (2007), Genesis (2013), The Scent of a Dream (2015), Kuwait. A Desert on Fire (2016), Gold (2019) and Amazônia (2021).

The author

Translated in more than 20 languages, Mia Couto is Mozambique’s most celebrated author. His first novel, Sleepwalking Land, was chosen by an international jury as one of twelve best African books published in the 20th century. He lives in Maputo, Mozambique and works as an ecologist.

The editor

Lélia Wanick Salgado studied architecture and urban planning in Paris. Her interest in photography started in 1970. In the 1980s, she began to conceive and design the majority of Sebastião Salgado’s photography books and all of the exhibitions of his work. 

Sebastião Salgado. Africa
Hardcover36 x 26 cm3.30 kg336 pages

ISBN 978-3-8228-5621-5

Edition: Multilingual (English, French, German)
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29 Ratings

The history of Salgado's Africa

Ivan,November 4, 2021
This is a wonderful book that covers several trips to Africa made by Sebastiao Salgado. There are photos from one of his earliest books "Sahel. The end of the road" along with photos from "Exodus" and "Genesis". It is a wonderful book that shows the many different faces of the continent as well as parts of its bloody history. The photos are an aesthetical and emotional tour de force. The sequencing of Lelia Salgado is masterful and the book is one to be read many times. Truly one of the best.


Eleonóra,November 2, 2021
This is an amazing and touching book! Everybody should see this book!


Denise,November 1, 2021
This book shows the outcome of the works of Salgado as reporter in Africa. The pictures testify to the catastrophic events that have afflicted the African people (drought, genocide, exile, etc.) and capture the beauty and the pride of landscape, animals, people. Salgado gives dignity to every little thing, even the most insignificant one at first sight. He stimulates the observer to go beyond the pictures to grasp the very essence. An intimate production that reaches straight to the heart.

From real life to my soul

Nicola,October 29, 2021
Ho seguito Salgado per molti anni, ho visto alcune delle sue mostre in Europa, e mi sono sempre soffermato sulla tecnica, qualità e professionalità delle sue opere. Oggi ho 56 anni e posso dire che negli ultimi 30 anni la mia ammirazione per Salgado è diventata "intima", rivedere il suo percorso umano aiuta a capire la mia vita e il mio spirito. Tutti i suoi libri sono un viaggio complesso e nessuno dovrebbe privarsi di tali emozioni.

A feast for the eyes and soul

Sorin,October 28, 2021
This is one of the best photo books of the remarcable photographer Sebastião Salgado. The captivating images reveal a world as real as it is far removed from Western consumerist society. The photos penetrate your soul and remain there, replacing the clichés of our representations of the black continent. A must have photobook.