Artistic Prize – Sebastião Salgado awarded at the 32nd “Nobel for the Arts”

September 14, 2021 by archyde

PostedSeptember 14, 2021, 11:37

The “Nobel for the Arts” distinguished the Franco-Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado in the painting category. Other great artists such as cellist Yo-Yo Ma were also recognized.

Sebastião Salgado actively participates in the protection of the environment, in particular through his photographs.


The Franco-Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado, famous for his intense black and white photos, is one of the laureates of the 32nd Praemium Imperiale, considered the “Nobel for the arts” which also rewards cellist Yo-Yo Ma this year.

This prestigious prize, whose prize list was announced Tuesday in Paris, was created in 1988 by the Japan Art Association. Each winner receives the sum of 15 million yen (approximately 115,000 euros), traditionally in October during a ceremony in Tokyo from Prince Hitachi, younger brother of Emperor Akihito. Due to the health crisis, the ceremonies will not take place this year.

Distinguished in the painting category

Sebastião Salgado, 77, was honored in the painting category, for his images in which he portrays with a great aesthetic sense the condition of the poorest and the degradation of the environment.

His latest project “Amazonia” is a seven-year exploration of the Amazon ecosystem and the lives of its indigenous people.

Also honored were the American sculptor James Turrell, who uses space and light as a means of expression, the Australian architect Glenn Murcutt, known for his modernist houses that blend into their rural environment (Pritzker 2002) and the cellist virtuoso Yo-Yo Ma.

Considered one of the greatest of his time, the American musician, born to Chinese parents living in Paris, has recorded more than a hundred albums and won numerous awards, including 18 Grammy Awards during his career. .


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