The Salt of the Earth

From Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian’s film critic, July 16, 2015:

“The amazing monochrome images created by 71-year-old Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado are the subject of this deeply considered documentary study, co-directed by Wim Wenders and the photographer’s son, Julian Ribeiro Salgado. The cinema screen is a good platform for work so passionately idealistic and, perhaps, grandiose. The pictures are the result of Salgado’s remarkable 40-year career as a photojournalist—although that word does not do justice to a vocation closer to artist, ethnographer and self-described ‘witness to the human condition.’

“Salgado took stunning pictures in South America, Africa and central Europe, paying tribute to peoples who are dispossessed.”

The Salt of the Earth was selected to compete in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, where it won the Special Prize. The film was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary at the 87th Academy Awards. Salgado’s life and work are epic. Win Wenders’s depiction of the man and his art is magnificent. The images are often gut-wrenchingly disturbing, so get ready for the terrible beauty of this artist’s compassionate lens. Yet also be transported by Selgado’s discovery of pristine territories, wild fauna and flora and grandiose landscapes as part of a more recent photographic project that is a tribute to the planet’s beauty. Explore with these giants the themes of death and rebirth on a breathtaking scale.

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