Sebastião Salgado Workers

The Gallery on the Train 2005

2. 5. — 20. 11. 2005
The exhibition begun on 1 May 2005 at the Main Station (Hlavní nádraží) in Prague and from there, over a period of three months, travel around selected towns in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

For the year 2005, the gallery arranged a unique project of one of the best world photographers – Sebastião Salgado´s Workers. It is already the second Salgado´s project presented by the gallery. For the first time, it was the Exodus exhibition in Mánes in 2001, which was received with enthusiasm by the Czech public. In the Workers project, Salgado was capturing working people all around our planet for six years (the photographs come from 27 countries). The result is a profound sociological probe testifying of the transformations in breakdown of the work force in the present-day world. It is a tribute to the vanishing world of hard manual labour, to thousands of men and women who perform their work in the same way as for centuries past many generations before them did. Salgado´s highly aesthetic portrayal ends up in a panegyrical epic about people who fatalistically bear their lot without losing their self-esteem and hope. It is a testimony of human dignity. „These snapshots are history of one era. They are visual archeology of the time, in history known as the industrial revolution, time in which the men and women´s manual work was the centre of the world. The production structure and its effectivity vary, as also does, with them, the method of working. Highly industrialized world is racing fast forwards the future. That way the planet stays divided: the first world in the crisis from surplus, the third world in the crisis from insufficiency, and at the end of the century the second world – based on socialism – in ruins.


Sebastião Salgado, born on 8 February, 1944 in Brazil, is ranked among the most noted world photographers. During the warlordism in his native country he emigrated to Paris in 1969, where he started to work as a freelance photographer, eventually, he became a member of the Sygma and Gamma Agency. For fifteen years he was a member of the legendary a prestigious Magnum Agency. He has arranged a large number of exhibitions all around the world, and for his photography work he has acquired over 50 international awards. In 1994 he founded his own agency „Amazonas Images“. Salgado mainly pursues his own long-term social projects. Up to this point, his six published author´s publications belong to the pinnacle of humanistic document.

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