1997 (printed 2001)
Gelatin silver print
Image: 46.1 x 29.3 cm (18 1/8 x 11 9/16 in.); Paper: 49.3 x 40.5 cm (19 7/16 x 15 15/16 in.); Matted: 66 x 55.9 cm (26 x 22 in.)
The Julius L. Greenfield Photography Acquisition Fund 2001.108
Catalogue raisonné: LUM15871
Renowned for his humanitarian images, photojournalist Sebastião Salgado seeks to raise awareness of the suffering and poverty that exist in today's third-world countries. His recently published book, The Children, contains ninety photographs taken from 1994-1998 of the innocent victims of refugee and migrant camps throughout the world. It includes this young child displaced as a result of civil war. In this close-up image, Salgado diffuses the background and uses dramatic highlights to accentuate the subject's serious expression and the stains on his coarse, simple clothing. Seated alone, the child's body position and wide-eyed, side-ways stare reveal a blend of sadness, resignation, dignity, and beauty in one whose years belie his life experiences.
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