SEBASTIAO SALGADO

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by richard_ilomaki, Sep 13, 2001.

  1. Kello All:

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    recvent queries about the work of S.S. have prompted me to send this clip from a recent E Mail bulletin fro The New York Institue of Photography's on-line newsletter.

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    An interesting aspect of Salgado's work is his persistent use of basic equipment – three Leica rangefinder camera bodies outfitted with 28mm, 35mm, and 60mm lenses. He uses only Kodak Tri-X and T-Max 3200 black-and-white film. In fact, he has told interviewers that since he started using T-Max 3200, he never uses flash anymore.
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    I am not too sure about the 60mm lens, so he may be using 2 RFs and
    the 60mm on an R, which is in line with what I have read.

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    So much also for the nit-picking of some about T Max 3200- no excuses for anything less than spectacular prints.

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    FYI, all you S.S. Fans: Keep in mind the important thing is to view and absorb his photos and connect with the subjects.

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    All the best in these difficult days.
     
  2. Salgado uses R6.2. too.
     
  3. I have wondered why he uses the 60mm - not many of his shots are macro
    (are any of them?) and I would have thought he could do with some
    extra speed. The 60mm is very rugged and needs on hood, but I wonder
    why he likes it so much?
     
  4. The same question I ask my self, specialy when there is such a 50
    Summilux in the leica R line; and prespective and macro doesn´t seem
    to be the reason for me,specialy knowing his work; but what else?
     
  5. I know it's heretical to point this out in a rangefinder-oriented
    forum, but it certainly sounds like SS is using SLRs more than
    rangefinders. In the Sep/Oct "American Photo" interview Salgado says,

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    "Ninety-five percent of the time I use 28mm, 35mm, and 60mm lenses
    mounted on three Leica R6 SLR bodies. (I also use Leica rangefinders.)
    I don't like to change lenses. I know these cameras and my film like
    the lines of my hand."

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    Since the APhoto mention was a direct quote and he specifically used
    the phrase "R6 SLR bodies," I'm inclined to think that's more accurate
    than the writeup at NYIP, in which the writer probably heard "Leica
    bodies" and assumed "rangefinder."

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  6. In the Leica catalogue Salgado endorses the R6.2 body, not a word
    about rangefinders.
     
  7. Dear friends,
    Recently a saw a video on TV about SS, showing him walking and photographing in different places. From the little a saw I noticed three R cameras and a small tripod on him. Also little time ago I read in a French fotomagazine an interview with SS. In this interview there is the gear he uses: 3 R cameras with 3 lenses and 3 M cameras with another 3 M lenses. He said that he has always a Minilux with him when he doesn’t carry his cameras. He uses always TRI-X and T-MAX 3200. About the use of 60MACRO by SS instead of a 50mm lens I believe that all macro lenses are much better in quality than ordinary lenses and perhaps and 60mm lens is better than a 50mm lens for his portraits.
    Street Photography by Dimitris Kioseoglou
     
  8. By chance, the former mentioned French mag came into my hands;
    it's PHOTO, #368, April 2000. p 88 says: 3 R6 with 2.8/60, 2/35, and
    2.8/70-180; and 3 M6 with 2.8/28, 2/35, 1.4/50.

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    The Leica Calender from 2000 had one of the Saldago images taken with
    with the 2.8/60 Macro. It's the well-known picture at
    http://www.pdn-pix.com/legends/legends10/largephotos/gallery03_06.html
     
  9. In the documentary "workers" from a bbc-tv http://youtube.com/watch?v=oBEKNwstuoE (time 7:39)
    http://youtube.com/watch?v=Va5lgaANlDI (time 1:20)

    Reference: http://lis.wwu.edu/record=b1881003


    Sebastiao says that he uses:

    Two Leica r6 body with a 28mm, 60mm and a "Zoom" but he not specified the Focal lengths
    And one Leica M with a 35mm
     

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