4.21.2013

SEBASTIAO SALGADO: "WITH THIS PROJECT I FELL IN LOVE WITH MY PLANET. THIS WORK IS NOT ABOUT LANDSCAPES. IT IS ABOUT LOVE."

I was delighted when my editor at the New York Times Sunday Review asked me to interview Brazilian photographer Sebastio Salgado. He has long been one of my heroes; I had already placed an order with Taschen for his upcoming book, Genesis.

I reached Salgado in Paris (5 a.m. my time--a three-alarm-clock morning--so I spent the  rest of the day feeling deeply jet-lagged, and profoundly happy.) The interview is posted online and the paper has printed two photographs with a short introduction, but more are available to view online; they did a beautiful job incorporating text with slideshow. I could not think of a better way to celebrate Earth Day this year than to talk to someone who has honored the "beauty of things born again." Only in falling in love with what we have do we realize what we stand to lose.  

4 comments:

Judith said...

Salgado's photographs and his answers to your interview questions bring to mind something I heard Bill Shore, founder of Share Our Strength, say at a conference I covered several years ago. It's about "bearing witness" and how that changes you. Not everyone has the opportunity to travel and see these things for themselves, Selgado's photographs help everyone bear witness to the miracle of our planet. While Shore was referring to the human condition, I think his words also apply to our planet and what we stand to lose.

“Bearing witness is such a democratic act. Once you do it, you
are complicit. You can’t go somewhere and see something that is unjust, wrong, or unethical and not do something about it. Your voice, your heart, your feelings can really change the world.”

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Shaun Dakin said...

Thank you Dominique ! Wonderful.

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