Sebastião Salgado


curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado

The Exhibition of Sebastião Salgado’s Photographs in Milan – 12 May 2023 – 28 Jan 2024

Yara Ashaninka, Kampa do Rio Amônea Indigenous Territory, Acre State, Brazil, 2016 © Sebastião Salgado/Contrasto

Yara Ashaninka, Kampa do Rio Amônea Indigenous Territory, Acre State, Brazil, 2016 © Sebastião Salgado/Contrasto

Sebastião Salgado


curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado

The Exhibition of Sebastião Salgado’s Photographs in Milan

Fabbrica del Vapore
12 MAY 2023 – 28 JAN 2024

From 12 May 2023 to 28 January 2024, the photography exhibition Amazônia by Sebastião Salgado will be held at the Fabbrica del Vapore in Milan.



More than 200 photographs are on display, depicting the vegetation, rivers, mountains, and people of the Brazilian Amazon. It will be a full immersion in the forest, accompanied by a specially commissioned immersive soundtrack by French Musician Jean-Michel Jarre.

Lélia Wanick Salgado, work and life partner of the photographer, is responsible for the curatorship and scenography of the exhibition. “By designing ‘Amazônia’, I wanted to create an environment where the visitor would feel inside the forest, integrated with its exuberant vegetation and with the daily life of the indigenous people. My idea was to present these images, accompanied by relevant texts, so as to underline the beauty of this nature and its inhabitants and its ecological and human dimension, all of which are so threatened today and are so vital to protect and preserve”, comments Lélia.

For Sebastião Salgado, these images testify to what survives before even more disappears. “My wish, with all my heart, with all my energy, with all the passion I possess, is that in 50 years’ time this exhibition will not resemble a record of a lost world” says Salgado. “Amazon must live on – and, always at its heart, its indigenous inhabitants.”


by Sebastião Salgado

curated by Lélia Wanick Salgado

With over 200 photographs the exhibition revolves around two themes: images of landscape settings, and of indigenous peoples.

Salgado’s Landscape Photographs

The first part features the sections:
Aerial Views – the exhibition provides visitors with a look at sweeping aerial shots of immense waterfalls and stormy skies.
Flying Rivers – the Amazon rainforest is the only place in the world where the air humidity system does not depend on evaporation from the oceans: each tree disperse hundreds of liters of water per day, creating aerial rivers even larger than the Amazon River.
Torrential Rains, clouds, captured dramatically, offering an ever-changing spectacle.
Mountains – Brazil also boasts mountain ranges, which feature peaks shrouded in mist and rainforest-covered lower slopes.
The Forest – once called the ‘Green Hell’, now to be regarded as a unique natural treasure.
Anavilhanas – Islands in the Stream, the archipelago between 350 and 450 islands of every ilmaginable shape emerging from the dark waters of the Rio Negro.

Photographs Dedicated to Indigenous Populations

In the center of the exhibition guests find three enclosures representing indigenous homes called “ocas”. Together thiese spaces display 100 photographs of the people of the Amazon, along with video interviews of indigenous leaders. This part is dedicated to 12 indigenous groups that Salgado has immortalised in his numerous trip: Awa-Guajá, Marubo, Korubo, Waurá, Kamayurá, Kuikuro, Suruwahá, Asháninka, Yawanawá, Yanomami, Macuxi and Zo’é.

The visit is accompanied by a specially commissioned immersive soundtrack from Jean-Michel Jarre that brings to life the sounds of the rainforest. With a true world-symphony composed from the concrete sounds of the forest – the rustling of the trees, the cry of the animals, the song of the birds or the crash of the waters that rush from the top of the mountains -, the exhibition also restores the voice and the chants of the natives, all from the sound archives of the Museum of Ethnography of Geneva.

Two projection rooms are an integral part of the exhibition: one shows the forest landscape. Here photographs are accompanied by the sound of the symphonic poem Erosão, by Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959). The other room displays portraits of indigenous men and women, with specially commissioned soundtrack by Brazilian musician Rodolfo Stroeter.

Salgado’s Words: an Exhibition Attentive to Environmental Issues

As Sebastião Salgado says: “This exhibition aims to recreate the Amazon rainforest environment where I have lived, documenting and taking photographs, for seven years and to let visitors identify with and immerse themselves in both its lush vegetation and the daily life of its native populations. I am particularly happy to be back in Milan with this Amazônia exhibition. This city has always given much space to my work, offering citizens the opportunity to see photographs that testify to what remains of this immense endangered heritage. For life and nature to escape further destruction and depredation, it is up to every single human being on the planet to take part in its protection”.

The exhibition Amazônia by Sebastião Salgado is promoted and produced by Comune di Milano|Cultura, Fabbrica del Vapore and Contrasto, in collaboration with Civita and General Service Security.

Zurich is the global partner for the entire international tour of the Amazônia exhibition.
Media Partner: Urban Vision
In partnership with: La Rinascente, Neutralia
Technical sponsor: ATM

 Young woman Ashaninka. State of Acre, Brazil, 2016 © Sebastião Salgado/Contrasto

Young woman Ashaninka. State of Acre, Brazil, 2016 © Sebastião Salgado/Contrasto

Sebastião Salgado: Biography

Sebastiao Salgado © Stefano Dal Pozzolo/Contrasto

Sebastiao Salgado © Stefano Dal Pozzolo/Contrasto

Sebastião Salgado is a Brazilian photographer born in 1944, in Minas Gerais, Brazil. He started his career in Paris in 1973, working as a professional photographer with photo agencies until 1994, when he and Lélia Wanick Salgado founded Amazonas images, an agency dedicated exclusively to his work. Today, this agency has been replaced by the studio Sebastîão Salgado.

Salgado has travelled to more than 100 countries for his photographic projects, which have been published in numerous magazines and books such as Other Americas, 1986; Sahel: l’homme en détresse, 1986; Sahel: el fin del camino, 1988; An Uncertain Grace, 1990; Workers, 1993; Terra, 1997; Migrations and Portraits, 2000; Africa, 2007; Genesis, 2013; The Scent of a Dream, 2015; Kuwait, a desert on fire, 2016, and Gold, Serra Pelada Gold Mine, 2019, and recently Amazônia, 2021. Lélia Wanick Salgado conceived, designed and edited the large majority of his books as well as curated most of the touring exhibitions of these works, presented in museums and galleries around the world.

In 2013, the book De ma terre à la Terre (From my Land to the Planet), a narrative account of his life and career, was published. Some of Salgado’s travels and photographic projects are recounted in the documentary film The Salt of the Earth (2014), co-directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. It won the special prize for the “Un Certain Regard” section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and the César Award for Best Documentary Film in 2015. It was also nominated for Best Documentary at the 87th Academy Awards.

International Awards

Sebastião Salgado is a Godwill Ambassador of UNICEF and, among other distinctions, he was named an honorary member of the US Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received numerous photographic prizes and prestigious honours, such as the Grand Prix National (Ministry of Culture, France), the Príncipe de Asturias Prize for the Arts (Spain), the Medal of the Presidency of the Italian Republic (Pio Manzù International Research Centre, Italy). He was appointed Comendador da Ordem do Rio Branco, Brazil, and Commandeur de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France (Ministry of Culture). In 2016, Salgado was elected member of the Académie des Beaux-Arts of the Institut de France and, in the same year, France named him Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur. In 2018, he was made Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Culturel by the Principality of Monaco. In 2019, he was elected Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters (New York, USA), and was awarded the International Peace Prize of the German Publishers‘ Association (Germany). In 2021, he received the title of Honorary Doctor of Arts of the Harvard University (Cambridge, USA), and was honoured with the Praemium Imperiale Award of the Japan Art Association, considered as the “Nobel of the arts”.

The Instituto Terra Project

Since the 1990s, Lélia and Sebastião have worked together on the restoration of part of the Atlantic Forest in Brazil, in the Rio Doce Valley of the state of Minas Gerais. In 1998, they turned this land into a nature reserve and created the Instituto Terra. The Instituto is dedicated to a mission of reforestation, conservation, and environmental education.

To date, Instituto Terra has created a forest that is home to hundreds of varieties of plant and animal species typical of the Atlantic forest. Since 2010, it has also developed a programme called Olhos d’Água, which works to recover, protect, and conserve the water resources of the Rio Doce catchment area, restoring tens of thousands of springs.

Information about Salgado’s Exhibition

12 May 2023 to 28 JAN 2024

Fabbrica del Vapore

Via Giulio Cesare Procaccini, 4 – 20154 Milano (Italy)
Reservation for groups and schools: send an e-mail to or call (+39) 02-89709022 (from Monday to Friday, from 9.30 a.m. to 6.00 p.m. )

Opening Hours

Special opening:
24 and 31 December: 10am-2.30pm (last entry 1.30pm)
25 December and 1 January: 3pm-8pm (last entry at 7pm)

Open every day
from 12 May to 15 July 2023
and from 1 Sept 2023 to 28 Jan 2024

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday:
10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday:
10 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Buy Tickets for Salgado’s Amazônia Exhibition in Milan

(Tickets including an audio guide)

  • Open Ticket € 16.00
  • Standard ticket € 14.00
  • Discounted ticket € 12.00
    Disabled individuals – Over 65 – Teachers – Employees of the Municipality of Milan (with name badge) – Journalists with press card of the current year not accredited – Groups (minimum 7/maximum 20 people)
  • Special discounted ticket € 10.00
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  • Special discounted ticket € 7.00
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  • Discounted ticket € 5.00
    Schools (up to a maximum of 25 students, 2 free tickets per group)
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    (1 or 2 adults + children from 6 to 18 years) – Adult €10.00 – Children €5.00 (under 5 years, free)
  • Free for children up to 5 years, ICOM members with valid membership card, licensed tourist guides, persons accompanying disabled visitors, staff of the Special Projects Unit and Fabbrica del Vapore, accredited journalists with valid press card, 1 group accompanying person, teachers accompanying schools (2 per group), invitation coupon holders.

Admission Reservation is compulsory for groups and schools and recommended for individuals at a cost of 1.50 € per person