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Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado opened on Wednesday his first exhibition in Thailand's capital, Bangkok.

Salgado also celebrated his 73rd birthday (he was born this day in 1944) during the inauguration of his first photo exhibition in Thailand, titled "The World Through His Eyes."

His work is set to be exhibited at the Bangkok Art and Culture Centre (BACC) and will remain open until March 8.

The retrospective covers three decades of his photographic work and includes 130 images that reflect social and economic problems and environmental disasters, among other subjects.

Salgado's philosophy "attempts to create a planetary movement that fosters its colonization without laying waste to the environment and supporting local communities," the photographer told EFE.

He added that "photography by itself is unable to change anything, it is part of a movement we must all belong to if we expect to be able to change anything."

One of his pictorial series featured is "Workers" (1986-1992), which portrays workers from all over the world.

Another is "Exodus," which captures forced migration flows due to social, political or economic injustice or environmental disaster.

The exhibition offers a more optimistic vision of the world with the "Genesis" project (2004-2011,) detailing remote realities or civilizations that have yet to be influenced by modern society.

The exhibition's curator, Sundaram Tagore, stated that the Brazilian's work perfectly captures the fragility and the strength of the human spirit because "Sebastiao is a very human person and that is clearly visible in his photography."

Currently, the Brazilian photographer is involved in portraying the daily lives of members of Amazonian tribes, a project he began four years ago and aims to raise consciousness about the need to protect the environment and defend local populations.

Salgado has been awarded many international awards, including the Prince of Asturias Award in the Arts category (1998).

He is also an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1992) and a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF.