Refugee from Gondan by Sebastiao Salgado (1985)

The photograph titled “Refugee from Gondan” was captured by the artist SebastiĆ£o Salgado in Mali, 1985. It depicts an individual who appears to be in a state of despair or deep contemplation. The subject is draped in a cloth that covers their head and shoulders, leaving their face partially obscured in the dark fabric’s shadow. Their eyes are looking off to the side, away from the camera, with an expression that suggests profound emotion or thoughtfulness. The lighting highlights the contours of the subject’s face and the texture of the cloth. There is a strong sense of emotion conveyed through the image, reflecting the gravity of the refugee experience as captured by Salgado. The use of black and white emphasizes the stark reality of the subject’s circumstances and allows the viewer to focus on the human element of the image without the distraction of color.

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