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Sebastião Salgado Is the Most Interesting Man in the World

The globetrotting photographer heads to the Nourse to regale us with his adventures.

Coffee-producing village of Uning Berteh, Pusat Gayo Higland, Sumatra Island, Indonesia (2014)


Forget the suave Dos Equis guy—even a fantasy figure has nothing on photographer Sebastião Salgado. Traveling to over 100 countries within one lifetime is a feat in itself, but Salgado will see your globetrotting and raise you numerous trips to the most remote, dangerous corners of the earth—like Rwanda during the genocide of the 1990s or parts of the Amazon that Westerners have never seen—while shooting breathtaking black-and-white photographs that he shares with the wider world upon his return. Of course, there are plenty of National Geographic photographers out there, so what sets Salgado apart? For starters, he grew up on a farm in the Brazilian rainforest. He also has a PhD in economics. He’s had his life threatened by machine guns in Ethiopia and cannons in Angola. When his parents died, bequeathing him their farm, he planted 2.5 million trees and created a national park. This month he’ll be speaking at the Nourse Theater, thanks to City Arts & Lectures, and his work is on display at Peter Fetterman Gallery. Soon enough, it’ll be clear: Sebastião Salgado is the most interesting man in the world.

March 4, the Nourse Theater
Feb 27–June 11, Peter Fetterman Gallery


Sebastião Salgado

Originally published in the March issue of San Francisco

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