Children by Sebastião Salgado
Sebastião Salgado, Brazilian photographer, began his career in Paris in 1973.
He has traveled in over 120 countries for his photographic projects, which has been featured in many exhibitions and books.
In Children, Salgado presents 90 portraits of the youngest exiles, migrants, and refugees.
His subjects are from different countries, victims to different crises, but they are all on the move, and all under the age of 15. What struck Salgado about these little ones was not only the implicit innocence in their suffering but also their radiant reserves of energy and enthusiasm, even in the most miserable of circumstances.
From roadside refuges in Angola and Burundi to city slums in Brazil and sprawling camps in Lebanon and Iraq, the children remained children: they were quick to laugh as much as to cry, they played soccer, splashed in dirty water and were typically ecstatic at the prospect of being photographed.
The concept behind this touching project is the idea that in every crisis situation, children are the greatest victims, being unable to understand why there is danger and why they must leave their home.
The book allows 90 children to look out at the viewer with all the candor of youth and all the uncertainty of their future.
Sebastião Salgado, Children, Copyright Taschen, 2016
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