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JUMP TO LOT
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Boundless: India

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Mumbai

Sebastião Salgado
B. 1944
CHURCH GATE STATION, WESTERN RAILROAD LINE, BOMBAY, INDIA, 1995
Signed, titled and dated in pencil on verso
Silver print
Image: 21 x 32 in. (53.5 x 81.3 cm.); Sheet 23 ½ x 35 ½ in. (60 x 90 cm.)
Printed in 2018
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Provenance

Acquired directly from the artist
Peter Fetterman Gallery, Santa Monica

Literature

S. Salgado, Migrations: Humanity in Transition, Aperture, New York, 2000, p. 419 

S. Jhaveri, Western Artists and India: Creative Inspirations in Art and Design, Thames & Hudson, London, 2013, p. 27

Catalogue Note

Celebrated documentary photographer, Sebastião Salgado, is renowned for works which depict the socio-economic effects of globalisation on humanity. The current work forms part of his ambitious project, Migrations: Humanity in Transition. This series spanned six years and 43 countries, and sought to document the rapid population growth and movement in developing world cities. Church Gate Station (1995) is perhaps the most famous photograph in Salgado’s Migrations series. It is included in a number of important museum collections, such as the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, and was cited by director Danny Boyle as an influence in scenes from his critically-acclaimed 2009 film, Slumdog Millionaire.

The photograph documents the astonishing movement of people within Church Gate Station, a terminus known for its dangerous overcrowding. The slow shutter speed has blurred the crowds in the foreground and enabled Salgado to capture the immense flow of passengers in a still image. On a local level, this 1995 photograph speaks to the crowded conditions that the station-goers face on a daily basis, but in the context of the wider-ranging Migrations series, it likewise provides a visual commentary on population growth in India and in other cities across the globe.

Boundless: India

|
Mumbai