I read Salgado’s book – An Archaeology of the industrial age, where he pays homage to the manual labour of all the men and women in the later 20th century. A life which is now only present in the third world countries. He travels all over the world and gets up so close and photographs them in a way it makes you feel like you are there. His black and white images were taken using Leica and Pentax cameras, he used only available light and captured the realness of each moment and how hard each day was for these people. He almost always used Kodak Tri X and he just loved the grainy images it produced. Once he moved to digital Canon cameras he had his tech assistants to use software and add grain to mimic that film.
I also read – http://erickimphotography.com/blog/2015/03/02/5 on Sebastio Salgado and I found this a very good read, it explained a lot about him as a person and the reason behind his photographs
“Photography is not objective. It is deeply subjective – my photography is consistent ideologically and ethically with the person I am.” – Sebastião Salgado
He encourages other photographers to become knowledgeable about history, geopolitics, sociology etc to enable you to be wise about the world we live in and that will then show in how you take your photos…something which I hope to achieve in my own photography journey.
These images really stood out to me…
Oil Wells, Kuwait
Coal Mining, India