This is an artist that not only do I look at the quality of his work and want to hang it on my wall after looking at it I want to do something to help the people I see in the images. His images create emotions they make us think. In my previous studies for this course there have been debates of what is more effective a graphic war image or an image of the aftermath perhaps or a more subtle image. Salgados images are not graphic in a way that we look away or become immune they are designed to make us look study and think. Every image is telling us a story from the detail of the cloths of the people in it to their surroundings, to the look in their eyes be it of hope, despair or the fight they have in them to survive. The images here are from the Unicef website they are images that can be bought in poster form which were donated by salgado to Unicef. This in itself a testament to Salagados desire to help the people he photographs. Salgado has been criticised for making money out of taking pictures of people who could never afford to buy them. I feel very strongly that Salgados images have brought more good than bad to these people in the awareness they raise of the plight of those around us which could be so easily ignored and yet these images stick in your mind longer than most they stay there reminding you that you have yet to do something to help these people.
The above image is a story in itself it shows us the surroundings of this refugee camp in Tanzania however it also shows a mother looking after her child. The image makes us think of any parent doting on their child who wants the best for them. This woman is striving to do just that in the most difficult of living conditions. There is evidence of how the people cook and the tents they live in. All these details tell us a story and this is what I need to think about for my next assignment. I can do this with several images however they objective is a narrative.
This image above caught my attention also the cloths tell us something of the poverty of the boy while he is sitting on a bench made of twigs. His arms are crossed in a self protective kind of way and yet he is aware of the camera. He is confident judging by his stance however his eyes look beyond the camera this boy has suffered and seen more hardship and pain than any person should see in their lifetime.
The traditional cloths the hair all tell us something about this girl the mountains behind. We are carried with the image to imagine the girls life her story.
I could never do such justice to my subjects as Salagado however I believe each image he takes tells us a story and I admire the dignity and respect he gives to each person he photographs I feel it is inspiring. I have tried never to offend with my images or to photograph who does not want to be photographed and I believe it is important to show the strength and personality in who I photograph.
I have attached below one image of the local market of a vendor. The aim of this image was to show how this person works and a little bit of his life.
This man who keeps fish swimming in a large bucket beside him and whenever you like he takes one and you can have it cooked on the bar-b-q or chopped up in a soup. The conditions show a simple set up and not a wealthy fish display as we would see in a supermarket. Note also the picture behind his head a calendar. His hands show he has worked however his shirt is fresh and pressed. There is pride in his work and it costs to have a stall in the local market he is a successful man maintaining his family. The fishing nets tell us he has gone out and fished what we see at the market.
See also my post on Salgado by Parvati Nair.