Internationally renowned photographer and platinum printer Salvatore Lopes has exhibited in the United States and abroad. He has nearly 250 images in museum collections including: the Art Institute of Chicago, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Chrysler Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Musée de L’Elysée in Lausanne, Switzerland.

He has had more than 25 exhibitions at venues including: The International Center of Photography, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Chrysler Museum, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Williams College Museum of Art, and The Jepson Center at the Telfair Museum in Savannah.

His photographs have appeared in publications ranging from Newsweek and National Geographic to French PHOTO, Black & White Magazine and Shutterbug. Larger bodies of work have been published in the books The Wall: Images and Offerings from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, published by Harper/Collins, and Living with AIDS: A Photographic Journal, published by Little Brown.

Noted photographers, museums, and galleries, have trusted Mr. Lopes with their platinum and silver printing projects. These clients include: Horst P. Horst, Herb Ritts, Mary Ellen Mark, Edward Weston Estate, Paul Strand Estate, Aperture, Robert Mapplethorpe, Ruth Bernhard, Robert Rauschenberg, Phil Trager, Keith Carter, Judy Dater, George Platt Lynes, Peter Lindbergh, Anderson and Low, Carrie Mae Weems, and many others.

In 2013, the University of Hartford selected Salvatore Lopes as an Anchor Award recipient. The Anchor Award, the most prestigious award presented by the University of Hartford Alumni Association, recognizes alumni who have reached the highest level of professional accomplishment and possess absolute standards of integrity and character that positively reflect and enhance the prestige of the university.

The Water Lines book project is a collaboration between Salvatore Lopes and painter and writer Christine Arveil.


  • Photo Elysée, Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • The Art Institute of Chicago
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
  • The Chrysler Museum
  • Cleveland Museum of Art
  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles
  • Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover MA
  • Kentucky Derby Museum
  • One Archive, USC, LA
  • Newport Art Museum
  • Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford CT
  • Telfair Museum, Jepson Center, Savannah GA
  • Musee de l’Élysée, Switzerland
  • Reiss-Engelhorn Museen, Germany
  • Photographers and Friends United Against AIDS
  • SPIVA Center for the Arts
  • National Park Service, Vietnam Veterans Collection


  • The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles CA “Long Story Short”
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
  • International Center of Photography, New York, NY (Vietnam Memorial)
  • International Center of Photography, New York, NY (“The Indomitable Spirit” (AIDS))
  • San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco CA
  • The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk VA: (Vietnam Memorial; AIDS)
  • The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk VA (“The Portrait in America”)
  • Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland OH
  • Springfield Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield MA
  • Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover MA
  • Telfair Museum, Jepson Center, Savannah GA (“Waterworks”)
  • Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach VA (“Examining the Equine”)
  • Williams College Art Museum, Williamstown MA (AIDS)
  • New York State Veterans Memorial Museum, Saratoga Springs, NY
  • Newport Art Museum, Newport RI (Vietnam Memorial; AIDS: A Photographic Journal)
  • Washington Project for the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • Carroll Reece Museum, Johnson City TN
  • Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada CO
  • Aspen Art Museum, Aspen CO
  • Lehigh University Art Gallery, Bethlehem PA
  • Hagedorn Gallery, Atlanta GA
  • Danforth Museum of Art, Framingham MA
  • Westtown School, Westtown PA
  • Waterworks Visual Arts Center, Bonneau SC
  • Grove Art Gallery, University of California, San Diego CA
  • Kentucky Derby Museum, Louisville KY (Horses)
  • Wadsworth Atheneum, Hartford CT
  • Union Station, Washington D.C.
  • Jack Leigh Gallery, Savannah GA
  • Reiss-Engelhorn Museen, Mannheim, Germany
  • Musee de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Switzerland (Nine-Eleven)



The Wall: Images and Offerings from the Vietnam Veterans MemorialCollins Publishers, 1987, Out of print, limited availability

From Publishers Weekly: “This volume, to be published on the fifth anniversary of the dedication of the national shrine, includes photographs by freelance photographer Lopes and 16 other photojournalists, and excerpts of letters placed at the wailing wall by families, friends and war buddies of the dead and missing whose names are engraved there “the mystery of death writ in stone 58,132 times.” This American family album is deeply moving in its simplicity: “Damn you, brother why didn’t you come back? … I still love you, and I’d love you if you came back in one piece, or your arms or legs or mind gone.” Among the 75 poignant color and black-and-white pictures photographed with respect, a child is lifted by a veteran to plant a kiss on a name; flowers, teddy bears, flags and uniforms grace the polished black granite. In his introduction, Vietnam veteran and freelance writer Norman discusses the controversy over the Wall’s design and mourns a friend who substituted for him on patrol: “He may have died for his country or for his God or for nothing at all. For a long time, I thought he died for me.”


Living with AIDS: A Photographic JournalLittle Brown & Company, 1994, out of print

An unblinking look at the dignity and hardship of those valiantly living with AIDS, and the people in their lives.

From “Library Journal”: “Sal Lopes has compiled three separate essays. Analagous to his earlier collection on the Vietnam Memorial, his first collection here captures the emotional responses of visitors to the AIDS quilt. His next group offers dual protraits of PWAs and their volunteer caregivers, called “buddies.” The third collection offers candid and posed pictures of John and Sharon Boyce and their adopted HIV-positve children.”

From “Ingram”: “In the first book to look at the daily courage and humanity of people afflicted with AIDS, Lopes offers a vital message of encouragement, strength, and, most of all, hope. Introduction by Vicki Goldberg (The Power of Photography).”

To purchase a copy: The book copies for sale through Sal have been autographed by him, and are available while supplies last. If you wish to purchase a copy, please contact Sal directly.




  • Who’s Who in Visual Art, 100 Photographers, 2011-2012
  • Horse, Kelly Klein, Rizzoli, 2008
  • Living with AIDS: A Photographic Journal, Bulfinch/Little Brown, 1994
  • The Wall: Images and Offerings from the Vietnam Memorial, Collins, 1987
  • Photography Speaks, Vol. 1 & 2, Brooks Johnson, Aperture
  • Pandemic: Facing AIDS, 2003, Umbrage Editions
  • Icarus, 1993
  • The Portrait in America, Brooks Jounson, Chrysler Museum, 1990
  • The Vietnam Experience, Time-Life Books, Boston Publishing, 1990
  • Time-Life Photography Yearbook, Time-Life Books, 1980


  • Focus Magazine
  • Shutterbug Magazine
  • Black & White Magazine
  • Photo District News
  • National Geographic
  • PhotoPro Magazine
  • People Magazine
  • German Geo
  • Newsweek
  • French PHOTO


  • New York Times
  • New York Times Book Review
  • Washington Post
  • Detroit news
  • The Boston Globe
  • Providence Journal
  • Buffalo News (Sunday Magazine)
  • Kansas City Star (Sunday Magazine)


Salvatore Lopes is renowned for the platinum and silver printing he has done for clients.


The Water Lines book project is a collaboration between Salvatore Lopes and painter and writer Christine Arveil.