Award-winning photographer and ‘witness of the human condition,’ Sebastião Salgado, has traveled the world a few times over capturing photographs for his books:
Other Americas: 1977-1984 – The People of the Andes Mountains, Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, his homeland, Brazil, and Mexico.
Sahel: The End of the Road: 1984-1986 – Capturing Drought, Famine, and Disease in Niger, Mali, and Ethiopia.
Workers: 1986-1991 – Archeology of Industrial Areas. Paying homage to the men and women who build the world. Travel to the oil fields in Kuwait.
Exodus: 1993-1999 – Refugees-The displacement of entire populations by wars, famine and the rules of the global marketplace. Burundi, Congo, Uganda, Rwanda, Yugoslavia, Croatia, and Serbia.
Genesis: 2004-2013 – Landscapes and wildlife- a more optimistic view of the Earth’s regeneration
Directed by Wim Wenders (”Buena Vista Social Club”) along with Sebastiao’s son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, “The Salt of the Earth,” captures Sebastiao’s mesmerizing, soul-fulfilling life. He gave up a well paid career as an economist to become a photographer instead.
Traveling to remote areas of South America, Wrangel Island, Russia, Bangladesh, India, Kuwait, Vietnam, Palestine, Philippines, Yugoslavia, Croatia, Bosnia, Galapagos, and Africa, he found his true calling capturing remote societies, nature, famine, working class people, the Earth’s regeneration, and his own family.
“The Salt of the Earth” opens in New York and Los Angeles on Friday, March 27, 2015.