Sebastião Salgado’s Advice for Young Photographers Today by Severin

Severin is a community manager at EyeEm. He originally published this post onMedium after attending a lecture by Sebastião Salgado in London.

Gold mine in Serra Pelada, one of Salgado’s early projects. Photo by Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas Images/Sony Pictures Classics, via  npr.org

Gold mine in Serra Pelada, one of Salgado’s early projects. Photo by Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas Images/Sony Pictures Classics, via npr.org

Last weekend at Photo London I had the chance to attend a lecture withSebastião Salgado. Leo Johnson interviewed the 71-year old photographer about his life and work. In the Q&A that followed, a young student, probably around 21 years old, asked what he would recommend to a young photographer to start his career today. And Salgado answered:

“If you’re young and have the time, go and study. Study anthropology, sociology, economy, geopolitics. Study so that you’re actually able to understand what you’re photographing. What you can photograph and what you should photograph.”

I found this answer very interesting. Many photographers have an answer to that question, and I myself have asked it many times. The most common answer I heard was “Just go out there and shoot” or “Study the masters of photography” or “Practice, practice, practice”. But none of these photographers talked about going to university and studying economics. So what does Salgado mean by that?

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Figure Eight, Serra Pelada, Brazil. 1986.

Figure Eight, Serra Pelada, Brazil. 1986.

The iconic documentary photographer, named Master of Photography at Photo London, on new biopic The Salt of the Earth, directed by his son Juliano and the German director Wim Wenders

Sebastião Salgado has created some of the twentieth century’s most iconic photography. From war zones to famine, genocide to exodus, Salgado has documented many of the world’s major events of the last 40 years in crisp black-and-white pictures. He’s also won countless prizes, including being named last week as a Master of Photography at Photo London this weekend.

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