Sebastião Salgado: Déclarations at Musée de l’Homme, Paris

The Musée de l’Homme, Paris has celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights with an exhibition of the work of Sebastião Salgado. The exhibition, which presents more than thirty large-format prints by the artist, forms part of the museum’s En Droits! season, commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Declaration, signed at the Palais de Chaillot in December 1948. Invited by the museum, the Brazilian photographer worked with wife and partner Lélia Wanick Salgado to curate a selection of works taken in twenty countries across the globe, over the course of the photographer’s 40-year career.

In the exhibition, Salgado’s photographs serve to illustrate articles of the Declaration, such as the right to asylum, freedom of thought, conscience and religion and the right to work. Of the photographs, Salgado has said: “I don’t want people to enjoy the lighting or the range of colours. I want my photos to be informative, to stimulate debate.” The images themselves embody the need to defend the rights stated in the Declaration on a daily basis – whichever region of the world concerned – underlining the universal scope of the text.

The exhibition will run until 30 June 2019. Read more here.

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