9/17/2014. iPhone photo of Sebastião Salgado at ICP (International Center of Photography) 1133 Avenue Americas, Manhattan, New York City. In the photo Sebastião Salgado (his wife Lèlia Wanick Salgado — she’s holding his hand) is at the lower gallery level of ICP discussing/planning his show (set to open Friday 9/19/2014) with ICP staffers/directors. The show is for his Genesis Project.
For the record Sebastião Salgado is one of, if not my favorite photographer. I’m unable to comprehend the depth of his talent and mastery. As such I was totally surprised to see him by complete happenstance. Going to ICP that day was not my intention. I was merely out taking photos and decided to cruise by to see if I had any interest in the current show. The ICP show was not open — the bookstore was. I was able to peer from the side and see some of the show. The prints are not to be believed — sublime. They were so wonderful I wanted to throw my camera in the trash — why bother? :) When I looked over a railing there was Salgado - in person. Amazing! I shot a photo with my Rolleiflex (haven’t developed it yet) and the one above with my iPhone 4s.
Before leaving I viewed a copy of Genesis (published by Taschen). What a masterpiece. I would have bought a copy but the thing’s gigantic and no way could I carry that for the 4 or so hours I had ahead of me walking around NYC.
By the way, Salgado is popular with the ICP staffers manning the front desk — they had the nicest things to say about him and his wife — no attitude, friendly, down-to-earth, and more. Evidently Salgado and his wife, when first viewing the statement at the beginning of show, each stopped to silently read it, and when they finished they high-fived. Now that would’ve been THE shot.
Here’s a link to a wonderful YouTube video of Salgado discussing Genesis with Benedikt Taschen: