Salgado, Sebastiao (1944-): Brazilian photojournalist A committed photojournalist, Salgado is one of the most outstanding and versatile of contemporary photographers. A humanist who conveys his feelings with powerful, beautiful photographs, he has revealed a world of human despair from the miserable conditions endured by Brazilian coal miners to African famine victims to oil well firefighters in Kuwaiti oil fields.
His images of Latin American peasants from six different countries were compiled in the 1984 book Other Americas. His 1993 book Workers: An Archeology of the Industrial Age is an homage to manual labor. In 1997 he published Terra: Struggle of the Landless, about the hard life of Brazilian peasants.
Salgado, who lives in Paris, has won various awards, including the W. Eugene Smith Award in 1982 for his essay and series Ethiopian Famine. In 1985 he won the Oskar Barnack Award. He was named Photographic journalist of the Year by the International Center of Photography in 1986 and received the Hasselblad Award in 1989.