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From 8 December 2018 to 11 November 2019

This exhibition presents about thirty large-format images of Sebastião Salgado and is part of the Saison En droits ! which commemorates the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed at the Palais de Chaillot on December 10, 1948.

Opening times

The event has ended

Open daily

Except on tuesdays

From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Target public

From 6 years old

Getting here

Musée de l'Homme

17 Place du Trocadéro
75016 Paris


From €7 to €10

The exhibition

For this exhibition, Sebastião Salgado's photographs illustrate some of the articles of the declaration, such as the right to asylum, freedom of thought, conscience and religion, the right to work, and others. These articles particularly reflect the humanist values carried by the Museum since its creation in 1937 and which the photographer illustrates by taking a retrospective look at his work.

Discover or rediscover photographs taken throughout his 40 years of career in some 20 countries. 30 photographs taken in 20 countries: Afghanistan, Angola, Algeria, Bosnia, Brazil, Ethiopia, France, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kenya, Mexico, Mozambique, Philippines, Rwanda, Somalia, Sudan and Tanzania.

Images as moving testimonies that embody the need to defend the rights set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on a daily basis, regardless of the region of the world concerned, underlining the universal scope of this text.

"I don't want us to appreciate the light or the palette of tones. I want my photos to inform, provoke debate." Sebastião Salgado

As part of the Entitled Season!
Commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Exhibition curator: Lélia Wanick Salgado

Sebastião Salgado

Sebastião Salgado - Exposition "Déclarations" © MNHN - JC Domenech
Sebastião Salgado - Exposition "Déclarations" © MNHN - J-C Domenech


Sebastião Salgado was born on February 8, 1944 in Aimorés, Minas Gerais, Brazil and lives in Paris. An economist by training, he began his career as a photographer in Paris in 1973, working successively with the agencies Sygma, Gamma and Magnum Photos. In 1994, he and Lélia Wanick Salgado founded the Amazonas Images press agency, exclusively dedicated to his photographic work.

In 2015, the book Terres de café (Ed. La Martinière) was published, the result of nearly a decade of reporting on the world of coffee plantations, specifically in Brazil, China, Colombia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, India and Tanzania. Sebastião and Lélia have been working together since the 1990s to rebuild the environment of a small part of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, in the state of Minas Gerais. They returned to nature a piece of land they owned and in 1998 they transformed this land into a nature reserve and created the Instituto Terra whose mission is reforestation and environmental education.

For their work developed through the Instituto Terra, Sebastião and Lélia received the WWF-Brasil Personalidade Ambiental Award in 2012 and the Hugo Werneck Environment Prize Tribute of the Year in 2017.

Sebastião Salgado has received numerous awards and honours. He is, among others, Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF, Honorary Member of The Academy of Arts and Science in the United States, Comendador da Ordem de Rio Branco in Brazil, Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France. In 2016, Salgado was elected a member of the Academy of Fine Arts of the Institut de France and appointed Knight of the Legion of Honour, France.

A humanist photographer, a tireless traveller, a committed environmental actor, he is now one of the greatest names in photojournalism.


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