Salon de la Photo 2017 in Paris is gearing up to celebrate its tenth anniversary. Across five days, a deluge of photography professionals, amateurs, and the general public will meet and share their passion for photography.
The programme includes rendezvous with well-known photography professionals, celebrities, a large number of activities and workshops, conferences on the different aspects of photography, a library, and the opportunity to buy and sell work.
The event has a track record of attracting over 85,000 visitors a year. And this time round, it promises two stunning exhibitions that spotlight one of the greatest figures of contemporary photography, Sebastião Salgado.
His powerful black-and-white images have conquered the hearts of the international photography community since the 1970s, with exhibitions like La main de l’homme (The Hand of Man), Exodus and more recently Genesis sending him sailing round the world.
His work offers an exciting glimpse into some of the remote locations across the globe. From the hidden Mengnai village in the Baoshan District of China (Yunnan province), to the slopes of the Poás Volcano in the San José region of Costa Rica, and the hidden corners of the Amazon rainforest.
It was in 2002, when Sebastião Salgado came into contact with illycaffè – the world-famous coffee company based in Trieste, that the project called Perfume de Rêve (Scent of a Dream) began. The work charts a journey through coffee-producing countries based on a shared value of sustainable development, a principle concern for both parties.
During this trip, Salgado managed to use the piercing power of his black-and-white images to celebrate the daily life of the people working on the plantations. He captures their unblemished beauty – a rustic and traditional lifestyle, at one with the earth – in the land where these precious grains of coffee are grown and harvested.
The collection has been built up over years, image by image, documenting life in the ten countries where illycaffè buys its coffee: Brazil, India, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Colombia, China, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Tanzania. It’s special in that it gives a unique and authentic insight into the life behind the product that advertising doesn’t usually share.