No Matter Who You Are, These Photos Will Make You See The World Differently

Mursi Women wearing lip plates

Sebastião Salgado goal is that if you see his work, you are not quite the same afterwards. It’s a bold statement for any artist—but he has lived up to it by astonishing the world with his photojournalism for over 40 years.

His award-winning work captures immense landscapes, migrations, individuals, and anything that will stop you in your tracks and make you think about your place in the world. Since 1973, Sebastião has travelled to over 100 countries and captured moments that are nothing short of colossal. These are some of my favorites.

Nenets of the Siberian Arctic, Russia (2011)

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Marine iguana in Galápagos Islands, Ecuador (2005)

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The mosque of Istiqlal, Jakarta, Indonesia (1996)

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Papua New Guinea (2008)

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The Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in northeastern Alaska (2009)

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Penguins on icebergs between the Zavodovski and Visokoi islands in the South Sandwich Islands, near Antarctica (2009)

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A pair of Southern Elephant Seal calves, South Georgia (2009)

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Greater Burhan Oil Field, Kuwait (1991)

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The Mursi and the Surma women in Ethiopia are the last women in the world to wear lip plates. It’s unclear precisely why or how this custom evolved, but it is a mark of women of high birth (2007)

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Churchgate Station, Western Railroad Line, Bombay, India (1995)

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Korem camp, Ethiopia (1984)

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Waura Indians fish in the Puilanga Lake near their village in the Upper Xingu region of Brazil’s Mato Grosso state (2005)

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The Nenet people, living deep within the Yamal peninsula in Siberia, inside the Arctic Circle (2011)

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The vast tail of a Southern right whale near Argentina (2004)

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Colony of chinstrap penguins Mount Michael, active volcano in South Sandwich Islands (2009)

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Two black-browed albatrosses nestle while overlooking the Willis Islands near South Georgia, in the far South Atlantic (2009)

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Alaska (2009)

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Zo’e women in State of Para, Brazil (2009)

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Learn more about Sebastião Salgado here

h/t Bored Panda