October 1 − November 29, 2015

Sergi Bilgisi

Child workers in Brazil’s mines, South America's sugar cane fields, France’s steel works, Bangladesh’s ship breaking yards, or Vietnamese children living in detention centers in Hong Kong.

Workers is Sebastião Salgado's third project, consisting of photographs he took in 26 countries between 1986 and 1992. It is regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished works in terms of demonstrating struggles of workers from a class perspective, and for some critics, it is the best “manifesto” written after the more famous one penned by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. The album is built on three main parts, and the countries on the album indirectly represent the divisions. Salgado photographed the workers in industrial countries such as France, while also doing the same for the workers that rely on relatively older technology in the old Eastern Block countries such as Russia, as well as agricultural workers in third world countries.


Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado was born in 1944 as the sixth of eight children. Salgado received her master's degree not in photography but in economics.

Her began her master's degree education in economics in the USA in 1968, completed her doctorate in the same field in 1971. He worked as an economist until 1973.

SThe same year, she became familiar with photography during a trip to Africa with a camera he had received from his wife. He began working at the Sygma photo agency that year, and worked for Gamma between 1975 and 1979. Afterwards, he was appointed as a member of the Magnum agency, which helped ease his financial troubles. When he photographed the assassination attempt on the U.S. President Ronald Reagan, he not only found international fame, but also helped his agency pull out of a decade of financial crisis.


Sebastiao Salgado