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Subject: [Leica] Salgado' s work--reflection
From: wrs111445 at (Bill Smith)
Date: Mon Dec 5 04:37:16 2005

  I guess the only thing I could say critical about some of his work ( I saw 
173 in this showing) is that I had this strange feeling that it was "staged" 
or "choreographed". I hate to say that, but can anyone be that lucky/ 
talented to get those shots? On the other hand, maybe he just shot a ton of 
film. Who knows. Only Salgado I guess. But that doesn't take anything away 
from the impact of the images. 
  Maybe he's a Breeson with a highly refined social conscience or is that 
pure blasphemy on LUG?

Gerry Walden <> wrote:
  On 05/12/05, Bill Smith wrote:
> Yesterday I had the priviledge to see a rather extensive showing of 
> Salgado's work in a suburb of Seoul, Korea. To say I was overwhelmed is an 
> understatement. His sensitivity to the poor human condition of some and 
> indeed suffering on several continents and ability to record it on film 
> (?) on powerful portraits are amazing.
> I will never forget many of those haunting images.
> Bill

I am sure that is the same exhibition I saw in Paris a couple of years
ago and the work is fabulous, and I don't mind admitting that some of
the images bought tears to my eyes for their beauty. And I think that
is one of the problems with Salgados work - he has the ability to take
a poor child on the edge of starvation and elevate the image to a work
of art. Having said that, I don't want to decry from his work in any
way what so ever. For me he is probably the greatest living
photographer with a very strong humanitarian message and fantastic
prints which have to be icons of their time. I have one hanging on my
wall (a mere reproduction I am afraid) as i type this, and it brings
me a mixture of pleasure and pain every single time I look at it.


Gerry Walden LBPPA
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