THE SALT OF THE EARTH, A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT SEBASTIAO SALGADO, PHOTOGRAPHER

SALT OF THE EARTH, (2014) is a French-Brazilian biographical documentary directed by Juliano Salgado and Wim Wenders about the work of the Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado.  

It has won several honors, including Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival and the Cesar Award for Best Documentary film at the 40th Cesar awards. The film opened here in March of this year.

I have since seen the film, and was eager to see it as soon as I could because I love Salgado’s work.  I have written about him before, about one of his books, Genesis. I also saw a brilliant photographic exhibition at The International Center for Photography months ago and wrote about that too.

This documentary is a visually stunning tribute to this photographer’s 40 years of work. His travels through the continents, even Antarctica, posing many ethical questions through the photographs, which although not answered, reveal his great humanity. We learn that Sebastiao is a great storyteller, who remains the economist he was educated to be, all the time incorporating his education with the financial, political and social content of the places he traveled to.  At the same time he became a great artist.

Here is a selection of photographs by Salgado:

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