Sebastião Salgado. GoldEdition of 1,000Hardcover in clamshell box, 45 x 41 cm (17.7 x 16.1 in.), 10.15 kg (22.38 lb), 196 pages, numbered and signed by Sebastião Salgado1000Edizione: Inglese Disponibilità: Disponibile
Collector’s Edition (No. 101–1,100), each numbered and signed by Sebastião Salgado
Sebastião Salgado. Gold1000
In Serra Pelada with Sebastião Salgado
Salgado’s portfolio of the Brazilian gold rush in a signed monograph
When Sebastião Salgado was finally authorized to visit Serra Pelada in September 1986, having been blocked for six years by Brazil’s military authorities, he was ill-prepared to take in the extraordinary spectacle that awaited him on this remote hilltop on the edge of the Amazon rainforest. Before him opened a vast hole, some 200 meters wide and deep, teeming with tens of thousands of barely-clothed men. Half of them carried sacks weighing up to 40 kilograms up wooden ladders, the others leaping down muddy slopes back into the cavernous maw. Their bodies and faces were the color of ochre, stained by the iron ore in the earth they had excavated.
After gold was discovered in one of its streams in 1979, Serra Pelada evoked the long-promised El Dorado as the world’s largest open-air gold mine, employing some 50,000 diggers in appalling conditions. Today, Brazil’s wildest gold rush is merely the stuff of legend, kept alive by a few happy memories, many pained regrets—and Sebastião Salgado’s photographs.
Color dominated the glossy pages of magazines when Salgado shot these images. Black and white was a risky path, but the Serra Pelada portfolio would mark a return to the grace of monochrome photography, following a tradition whose masters, from Edward Weston and Brassaï to Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson, had defined the early and mid-20th century. When Salgado’s images reached The New York Times Magazine, something extraordinary happened: there was complete silence. “In my entire career at The Times,” recalled photo editor Peter Howe, “I never saw editors react to any set of pictures as they did to Serra Pelada.”
Today, with photography absorbed by the art world and digital manipulation, Salgado’s portfolio holds a biblical quality and projects an immediacy that makes them vividly contemporary. The mine at Serra Pelada has been long closed, yet the intense drama of the gold rush leaps out of these images.
This signed and limited Collector’s Edition is the first monograph gathering the astonishing portfolio in full. In grand-scale, museum-quality reproductions, the images are interlaid with transparent paper and printed with cutting-edge High Definition Skia Photography technology. The result is nothing short of breathtaking, like an exhibition in book form.
Collector’s Edition of 1,000 copies (No. 101–1,100), each numbered and signed by Sebastião Salgado.
Il fotografo e autore
Sebastião Salgado ha iniziato la sua carriera come fotografo professionista a Parigi nel 1973, lavorando in seguito con le agenzie fotografiche Sygma, Gamma e Magnum. Nel 1994, insieme alla moglie Lélia, ha fondato Amazonas Images, agenzia che gestisce in esclusiva la sua opera. I suoi progetti fotografici sono stati esposti in molte mostre e pubblicati in numerosi libri, tra cui Other Americas (1986), Sahel: L’Homme en détresse (1986), Terra (1997), Migrations (2000), Children (2000), Africa (2007), Genesi (2013), Genesis (2013, versione in inglese), Genesis (2013, Collector's Editions), Exodus (2016), Kuwait (2016), Kuwait (Collector’s Editions).
L'editore e il direttore artistico
Lélia Wanick Salgado ha studiato architettura e progettazione urbana a Parigi. Il suo interesse per la fotografia risale al 1970. Negli anni ’80 ha iniziato a ideare e progettare libri di fotografia e a organizzare mostre, molte delle quali dedicate a Sebastião Salgado.
Sebastião Salgado. GoldEdition of 1,000Hardcover in clamshell box, 45 x 41 cm (17.7 x 16.1 in.), 10.15 kg (22.38 lb), 196 pages, numbered and signed by Sebastião Salgado
ISBN 978-3-8365-7650-5Edizione: Inglese
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