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He took some of the most shocking and moving images while living with refugees fleeing the genocides in Rwanda. Deeply affected by the ethnic extermination of the Tutsi tribe by the Hutus. He took heartbreaking images of refugee victims in camps in Congo and Zaire. "Doing my work, involves living with the subjects of my photographs, sharing with them their moments of pain, witnessing the injustices they suffer and trying to find a ray of light in the midst of such dense darkness.” Precisely, the main criticism he has received is to represent genocides. They accuse him that, instead of reporting human tragedies, he "embellishes" their misery. The aesthetic quality of his photographs is undeniable. Photography can be a double-edged sword when it comes to describing tragedies. "I'm not an artist, an artist makes an object. I do not make objects, I work in history. I'm a narrator.”

He has received prestigious awards: Eugene Smith Scholarship for Humanistic Photography (1982), World Press Photo (1985) and Visa d'Or, Festival Visa pour l'Image (1990). He is an Honorary Member of Art & Science Academy, USA. In 2016, he was elected in France: Member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts and Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. He was guest of honor of the Master of Photography, the "Oscars" of Photography. Among the jury: Oliviero Toscani, Mark Sealy and Elisabeth Biondi, from the magazine New Yorker. Exhausted from photographing human pain, Salgado switched into nature. He created a monumental project entitled "Genesis". It is his impressive selection of the purest beauties in the planet: landscapes, fauna, flora and indigenous peoples that still live according to ancestral traditions.

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