Eduardo Galeano on the photography of Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado, Antarctica, 2005
Image credit: Amazonas images

Reality speaks a language of symbols. Each part is a metaphor of the whole. In Salgado’s photographs, the symbols disclose themselves from the inside to the outside. The artist does not extract the symbols from his head, to generously offer them to reality, requiring that they be used. Rather, reality selects the precise moment that speaks most perfectly for it: Salgado’s camera denudes it, tears it from time and makes it into image, and the image makes itself symbol – a symbol of our time and our world.
Eduardo Galeano on Sebastião Salgado, We Say No: Chronicles 1963-1991, p. 249.

Eduardo Galeano Posted on behalf of on Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 under Quotations.

One comment so far

  1. thanks so much for pointing to this, especially after i wrote intuit. yes, i do enjoy Galeano’s writing very much but nothing beyond soccer. so this is a welcome discovery.

    i love your website and all your collections.

    thanks for reading & supporting my work.


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