Must watch photography documentary: The Salt of the Earth

Academy Award nominee The Salt of the Earth is a profound photographic documentary exploring the extraordinary work of Sebastião Salgado, co directed by Wim Wenders and Sebastião’s son Juliano Ribeiro Salgado.

Sebastião Salgado is one of the most widely respected contemporary photojournalists in the world. He has traveled to over 120 countries for various photographic projects and his in depth body of work documents the lives of people all over the world, finding beauty, strength and hope even in those bleakest of circumstances.

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The Salt of the Earth brings an outsider’s view to a wealth of extant footage and photos from Sebastião Salgado’s archives. From stunning images of the gold mines of Serra Pelada, to the horrors of famine in the Sahel and genocide in Rwanda and ultimately to the rebirth of the ‘Genesis’ project.

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The Salt of the Earth revisits Salgado’s turbulent past through a collection of his photos that his wife Leila had compiled and published. For all the poverty, disease and darkness he witnessed, Salgado found light by exploring land that hasn’t changed since the dawn of time. From Papua’s Yali tribe to the Amazonian Zo’é tribe of Brazil offering a more uplifting portrait of humanity, while the reforestation of the Instituton Terra suggests that all may not yet be lost.

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The amazing monochrome images created by the 71 year old Brazilian photographer can at times prove unbearable viewing, but thanks to Salgado’s adept compassionate storytelling you get a real insight into manmade suffering.
Wender says that compassion fuels Salgado’s vision, humanity being the ‘salt of the earth’.

Watch the trailer below.

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Academy Award nominee The Salt of the Earth is a profound photographic documentary exploring the extraordinary work of Sebastião Salgado, co directed by Wim Wenders and Sebastião’s son Juliano Salgado.
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