Praemium Imperiale, the award for excellence in the field of art is considered to be the Nobel Prize of Arts and the most valued art prize in the world. From its establishment in the year 1988, this has been received by various members of the Japan Art Association, comprising artists and musicians. It is sequentially awarded to people with brilliant abilities under five different categories every year.
This year, the award has been received by Brazilian painter Sebastião Salgado, in the painting division. Similarly, several American artists like James Turrell and Australian architect Glenn Murcutt clinched prizes in the sculpture and architecture categories respectively.
Sebastião Salgados, the painting category awardee is known for its magnificent skill in is black-and-white photographs. These generally emphasise the reality, ordinary lives of people, especially in developing nations.
One of his clicked pictures captured the intricate instances from the second Gulf War, gold miners in Brazil and the lives of indigenous people. His photographs were used for prominent agencies, like Gamma in France and Magnum Photos. Simultaneously, it appeared in various publications, books and exhibitions across the world.
The photographer had won many awards and has been recognised by various honours throughout his journey. This also included the Peace Prize of the German Book Trade.