Sebastiao-SalgadoEconomics PhD Sebastião Salgado only took up photography in his 30s, but the discipline became an obsession. His years-long projects beautifully capture the human side of a global story that all too often involves death, destruction or decay. Here, he tells a deeply personal story of the craft that nearly killed him, and shows breathtaking images from his latest work, Genesis, which documents the world’s forgotten people and places.

[Taken from the intro to “The Silent Drama of Photography” — a TED production]

Wim Wenders’ sensitive and thought-provoking film on the photography of Sebastião Salgado is worth seeing, if you can. Here is the trailer…

View a gallery of Salgado’s Genesis photographs on this site.