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Preeminent contemporary photographer Sebastião Salgado is known for his expansive projects that strive to inform—and transform—the viewer. A photojournalist and documentary photographer, Salgado depicts the working poor in developing nations, providing a stunning humanist commentary on broad sociopolitical and economic themes. His socially-concerned work serves to increase awareness of the realities of the waning industrial age.
Born on a cattle farm in Brazil, Salgado studied economics until his political resistance to Brazil’s right-wing government led him Paris in 1969. He discovered the power of photography while dispatched to Rwanda as an economist, and soon became a member of the legendary Magnum photo cooperative. His work, often described as a compassionate and hopeful representation of the dignity of human struggle, has earned him the Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and the title of the International Center of Photography’s Photographer of the Year, among other awards.
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Lesley University is committed to active learning, scholarly research, critical inquiry, and diverse forms of artistic practice through close mentoring relationships among students, faculty, and practitioners in the field. Lesley prepares graduates with the knowledge, skill, understanding, and ethical judgment to be catalysts who shape a more just, humane, and sustainable world.