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Salgado Wins Peace Prize

The photographer will receive the 2019 Peace Prize of the German Book Trade

Sebastião Salgado, 2013
Sebastião Salgado, 2013
The Peace Prize Foundation’s board announced: “In 2019, the Börsenverein awards the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade to the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, a visual artist whose photographs demand social justice and peace and lend urgency to the global debate on nature conservation and climate protection. At the same time, Sebastião Salgado has created his ‘Instituto Terra,’ an institution that makes a direct contribution to the revitalization of biodiversity and ecosystems.

With his photographic work, which has been published in numerous exhibitions and books, he focuses as much on people uprooted by wars or climate catastrophes as on those who are traditionally rooted in their natural environment. In this way Sebastião Salgado succeeds in sensitizing people worldwide to the fate of workers and migrants and to the living conditions of indigenous peoples. By describing his consistently black-and-white images as a ‘homage to the greatness of nature’ and making the desecrated Earth just as visible as its fragile beauty, Sebastião Salgado gives us the chance to understand the Earth for what it is: as a living space that does not belong to us alone and which we must preserve.”

The award ceremony will take place at the end of the Frankfurt Book Fair on Sunday, October 20, 2019, in the Paulskirche in Frankfurt am Main and will be broadcast live on television.