Sebastião Salgado
[Photographer, b. 1944, Aimores, Minas Gerias, Brazil, lives in Paris and Brazil.]

 I’m not an artist. An artist makes an object. Me, it’s not an object, I work in history, I’m a storyteller. 
 You photograph with all your ideology. 
 There comes a moment when it is no longer you who takes the photograph, but receives the way to do it quite naturally and fully. 
 When you work fast, what you put in your pictures is what your brought with you—your own ideas and concepts. When you spend more time on a project, you learn to understand your subjects. There comes a time when it is not you who is taking the pictures. Something special happens between the photographer and the people he is photographing. He realizes that they are giving the pictures to him. 
 I can be an artist a posteriori, not a priori. If my pictures tell the story, our story, human story, then in a hundred years, then they can be considered an art reference, but now they are not made as art. I’m a journalist. My life’s on the road, my studio is the planet. 
 The picture is not made by the photographer, the picture is more or less good in function of the relationship you have with the people you photograph. 
 Photography is full of symbolism, it’s a symbolic language. You have to be able to materialize all your thoughts in one single image. 
 If you take a picture of a human that does not make him noble, there is no reason to take this picture. That is my way of seeing things. 
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