Current Exhibition

Joseph Rodriguez – TAXI Series & Sebastião Salgado – GOLD

on view until 11th January 2021

For the series GOLD, the French-Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado documented (1986) one of the great human feats of pre-industrial means, the gold mine in Serra Pelada, one of the largest at the time. 55,000 workers dig for their fortune and wealth in a kilometre-wide mud hole in the Brazilian rainforest.

At the same time in North America, the photographer Joseph Rodriguez was working as a taxi driver in one of the world’s most famous metropolises, New York City. Seated at his steering wheel behind safety glass, he occupied a discreet and anonymous position from which he could photograph the multi-faceted daily life of his passengers and the events that his profession brought him close to. The Taxi series is a documentation of day-to-day life in New York between 1977 and 1987 from the perspective of a blue collar worker.

The two photographers met while Salgado was teaching at the International Center of Photography. Rodriguez’s approach resembles Salgado’s process of planning and realising his works as long-term photographic projects. Salgado portrays the hard work of gold diggers in South America. They use their bare hands and their muscular strength. By contrast, in North America Rodriguez captures New York’s last breath before its gentrification. Be it the affluent of the Upper East Side, the homosexuals in Chelsea or children playing in the streets in Spanish Harlem – Rodriguez captured all variety of groups and subcultures in his photographs. Both photographers deal with the subject of work. In Brazil’s gold mine as well as on the New York streets, the people portrayed are accorded a lasting appreciation through the aesthetic images.

For the first time, both perspectives and photographic works are brought together in one exhibition. Following the resoundingly positive response to the exhibition GOLD earlier this year, Galerie Bene Taschen is now presenting a further insight into Salgado’s photographic work. The re-emergence of GOLD is accompanied by an exclusive preview of TAXI, which will be shown in its entirety in a large solo exhibition in the autumn of 2021.

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Image: © Joseph Rodriguez, TAXI Series: At the Garage, my cab broke down,  1984, Silver gelatin print, 30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 inches)

 

Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986


Silver gelatin print
40 x 30 cm (14 x 11 in.)
Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
40 x 50 cm (16 x 20 in.)
Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
60 x 50 cm (24 x 20 in.)
Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
60 x 50 cm (24 x 20 in.)

Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
130 x 90 cm (50 x 35 in.)

Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
28 x 35 cm (11 x 14 in.)

Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
60 x 90 cm (24 x 35 in.)

Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
28 x 35 cm (11 x 14 in.)

Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
50 x 60 cm (20 x 24 in.)

Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
60 x 50 cm (24 x 20 in.)

Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
40 x 50 cm (16 x 20 in.)

Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
28 x 35 cm (11 x 14 in.)

Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
60 x 90 cm (24 x 35 in.)

Sebastião Salgado
Gold Mine of Serra Pelada, Pará, Brazil, 1986

Silver gelatin print
50 x 40 cm (20 x 16 in.)

Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: Lunch Hour, Kips Bay, NY 1984


Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: Meatpacking District, Greenwich Village, NY 1984


Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: New Jersey, 1984


Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: 220 West Houston Street, NY 1984

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: At the Garage, my cab broke down, NY 1984


Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: Delancey Street, Lower East Side, The artist Robert Goldman was a co-founder of the activist arts organization ABC No Rio, NY 1984


Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: East Village, that whole neighborhood looked like this back then. The graffiti is by Luca Pizzorno, an Italian artist who died because of AIDS in the mid-90s, NY 1984


Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: Greenwich Village, The Anvil, NY 1984


Silver gelatin print
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: Outside the Vault, a popular S&M club. This was probably about 9 a.m.; some are going in, some are coming out, NY 1984


Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: Pulaski Skyway, New Jersey, 1984


Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
40 x 30 cm (16 x 12 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: Self Portrait, 1984

Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: Soho, NY 1984


Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: Staten Island, NY 1984


Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: I picked him up at a club and I took him to Brooklyn. He was a happy camper, NY 1984


Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)
Joseph Rodriguez
TAXI Series: Untitled, NY 1984


Silver gelatin print
Edition of 10 plus 2 AP
30 x 40 cm (12 x 16 in.)