Ready, Fire, Aim! - Mihail's Public Blog: Sebastiao Salgado, photographer

Saturday, August 17, 2002

Sebastiao Salgado, photographer

I was at the Hosfelt Gallery this past weekend and came across an incredible photograph that the owner Todd Hosfelt has hanging at the back.

Sebastiao Salgado - Brazil / France

This is a thumbnail that shows the mass of humanity at "Church Gate [which] is the terminus station of the Western Railroad line, which brings 2.7 million commuters into Bombay every day. Bombay, India, 1995."

The two trains are in focus and provide the framing (aged with dirt and use) with the blur of mostly white-clothed people, thousands of them, streaming down the platforms towards the photographer. This photograph gives me an amazing sense of place and will be one that I'll always remember -- I feel like Salgado has given me a glimpse, a slice if you will, of the chaos and beauty and flow of life.

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