SEEN FROM THE AIR

 

Kacper Kowalski. “Untitled”, 2016.

 

 

Kowalski (Poland, 1977) started his career as an architect, though very soon he shuttles towards the field of aerial photography. The fact that he, himself, is a pilot is a remarkable advantage for his work, to which he is now exclusively devoted. He lives in Gdynia, a port town of northern Poland, and he takes the major part of his images in his native country. Kowalski’s photographs have been awarded World Press Photo (2009, 2014, 2015) and Picture of the Year International (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016), among many others.

 

 

Pere Soler. “The Art of Algae”, 2014.

 

 

The Spaniard Pere Soler has also stood out as an aerial photographer. He earned much international celebrity after he was awarded in 2015 one of the mentions in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, which the Natural History Museum of London organises every year. This aerial snap of the Cadiz Bay, entitled “The Art of Algae”, conveys the beauty of a natural phenomenon that every Spring takes place in this region of Cadiz.

 

 

Navid Baraty. New York, 2013.

 

 

Navid Baraty educated as an engineer, but he quitted this path to pursue his authentic passion: photography. Even though he works with several genders within this discipline, some of his most outstanding images are the aerial pictures of the city. This author has received much recognition and he was awarded several times. One of his most remarkable achievements is that he was selected by Apple to develop an artistic project linked to the opening of the new Apple Store in Jiefangbei, China.

 

 

Bernhard Lang. “Harbour 001”, 2014.

 

 

The photographer Bernhard Lang shoot this amazing aerial pictures tied to the low part of an ultra-light plane. Since 2010 he works exclusively as an aerial photographer. This image, taken in Germany, is able to convey, though it may seem paradoxical, the geometric beauty of an industrial scenario. Lang won numerous awards for his work, and he also counts on several solo exhibitions all around the globe.

 

The CEART opens this Thursday, November 14th in the room A an exhibition dedicated to this master of photography, which will be open to the public until February 9th. The show includes one of the artist's latest projects, focused on the hard work carried out by the miners of Serra Pelada, an open gold mine in the heart of Brazil where employees daily risked their lives.

Immigration, poverty, marginal life, slave labour, man's relationship with the land, the use of natural resources... are issues that have always fascinated Salgado. From the beginning of his career as a photographer, his work has opted to give visibility to the most disadvantaged groups and to create with his images a vivid and impressive visual story without fakes. With a raw black and white, this author's work transits between photo-reportage and naturalistic photography.

And the idea that permeates all his work is human dignity. Salgado portrays employees, miners and gatherers from a purely humanistic approach that wants to value their integrity, their strength and their resilience.

“If you photograph a human, so that he is not represented in a noble way, there is no reason to take the picture. That is my way of seeing things.”

Salgado entered this discipline long after completing his studies in economics between Brazil and the United States, and a doctorate in statistics in France. But in 1973 his life took a turn, and he decided to start his career as a photographer. He achieved to work at the Gamma Agency and Magnum Photos for more than 15 years until in 1994 he founded his own agency “Amazonas Imagen”.

With the “Gold” project, the photographer portrays a harsh reality that takes place in the Serra Pelada mine, a name given to a totally devastated and anarchically excavated mining enclave, the world's largest open-pit gold mine, through which more than 50,000 people have passed. In the heat of the legends about the mysterious “El Dorado”, the enthusiasm for this precious metal led to the development of strenuous exploitation practices for the workers and to originate tales of grief and glory, of human victory and defeat between the soil, the tunnels and the cargo baskets.

The CEART exhibition brings together Salgado's full portfolio in his characteristical black and white and large-format photographs that leave no one indifferent.