Sebastião Salgado – In Principio

coffee cherry sorting picking brazil

After a few nudges from friends, and by sheer coincidence I ended up at Gallery 32 to have a look at the photographs of Sebastião Salgado, who took on the project with Illy.

All the photos of origin are in black and white, which was interesting. He used a really high ISO and then used the grain to almost age the photographs. What was strange to me was the absence of colour – especially with so many photos of cherries and picking.

I had expected more photos than I found – many of those on the website are not at the gallery, but it is free and if you are lucky they will offer you an espresso from their new pod system. I declined the drink, but did take a capsule home to have a little look at.

—————

In Principio

Gallery 32

32 Green Street

London W1K 7AT

T : 020 7399 9282

Google Map

gallery32@brazil.org.uk

2 Comments

  1. Hey James-
    Glad to see that you are looking at these coffee images. I saw that exhibition in Rome a while back. Without much debate, Sebastio Salgado other than James Nachtwey is the most important living photojournalist. He shoots only bw film Tri X and the grain that seems to age the prints is just the way he shoots and develops and creates his print. In the digital age we just have “noise” in our images, but grain has its own beautiful aesthetic. I agree, color is beautiful, but I will take Salgado’s images any day over most color photographers. Check out Salgado’s “Workers” series to see the true impact of his work.

Submit a comment