Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado, Brazilian, born 1944
Drinking Water Pipeline, Bombay, India, 1995
silver gelatin print, 24×36 in. (60.96 x 91.44 cm)
Ackland Art Museum, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Ackland Art Fund
Amazonas Images

Sebastiao Salgado is a Brazilian photojournalist well known for his photographs that display the injustices of war and urbanization. His use of the black and white silver gelatin print format forces the viewer to focus on the distinct message of the sociopolitical problems by conveying emotion through the contrast of darkness and light, rather than colors.  In Drinking Water Pipeline, Bombay, India (1995), Salgado turns his viewer’s focus on the geography of this overwhelmed and depleted landscape. A large drinking water pipeline bisects the shanty town and brings water to the more prosperous area of the city. The image suggests that the root of world poverty lies in the unequal distribution of nature’s riches.

~Hron Enuol

An extended look at Salgado’s Drinking water pipeline, Bombay, India, 1995 by Hron Enuol

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