• Photographs auction at Christies

    Sale 2304

    Photographs

    15 April 2010, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 338

    SEBASTIÃO SALGADO (B. 1944)

    First Communion, Brazil, 1981

    Price Realised  

    SEBASTIÃO SALGADO (B. 1944)
    First Communion, Brazil, 1981
    gelatin silver print
    signed, inscribed 'À John avec beaucoup de respect et admiration' in ink and copyright blindstamp (in the margin)
    14 x 21in. (36 x 53.5cm.)


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    Provenance

    Acquired directly from the artist


    Pre-Lot Text

    PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF JOHN G. MORRIS

    These prints are from my personal collection. My career as a picture editor began with Life magazine, where I worked throughout World War II. I was a Life Hollywood correspondent at 24, and at 27 Life's London Picture Editor. I salvaged Robert Capa's famous pictures of the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach from a darkroom accident. It was Capa who introduced me to Henri Cartier-Bresson, shortly after the Liberation of Paris. Capa also persuaded me to join Magnum as Executive Editor in 1953. There I worked closely with Cartier-Bresson and 'youngsters' such as Marc Riboud, finding in their contact sheets such treasures as Henri's photo of a deck hand's moment of relief and Marc's maestro of the Eiffel Tower. When W. Eugene Smith quit Life in a dispute over a story on Albert Schweitzer, I brought him into Magnum. We had worked together since 1939. I became the executor of his estate, and a principal founder of the W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund. I was delighted when the Fund gave its 1982 grant to Sebastião Salgado, one of the greatest photographers of our times. Regarding these prints, the pictures speak for themselves. The words my friends added to them mean even more to me.

    John G. (for Godfrey) Morris, Paris, March 2010