Endlessly trekking the globe to capture
breathtaking images of the natural and human realms, Sebastião Salgado is
regarded as one of the most talented photographers alive. His work documents
moments in time that sometimes are reminiscent of surreal realities and others
harsh reminders of the evils of mankind.
Four over 40 years the Brazilian artist has
visited isolated communities in remote corners of earth and witnessed striking
events that have shaped his perception of our flawed world. Having to flee his
homeland in the 60s as the military dictatorship became more oppressive, Salgado and his
wife relocated to France where he bought his first camera with no real
intentions beyond a hobby. But after taking his first photograph, of her of
course, he was hooked and eventually dismissed his stable career as an economist to pursue this burning new
Now, the explorer has been observed in the Academy Award-nominated “The
Salt of the Earth,” an elegantly achieved documentary by veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders and
Salgado’s own son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado. Revisiting his most acclaimed work and following
him into new photographic adventures, the film serves not only as a portrait of the
creator but it also illuminates the reasoning for his devoted pursuit. There is a subtly political component to his work that
demands social justice by exposing inequality and the dangers of voracious
capitalism with haunting beauty
This journey into the sensitivities
and concerns of such exceptional visionary is a documentary that only Wenders
could envision and that could only be as insightful as it is due to Juliano’s
involvement as co-director.
“The Salt of the Earth” is confrontational, spiritual, revelatory,
compassionate, and deeply humanistic. It’s the story of one man who relates to pain
and joy through his camera and how that connects with those who get to see it
thanks to him.
After a successful theatrical run grossing over $1.3 million
dollars, Sony Pictures Classics has released “The Salt of the Earth” on Blu-ray
and DVD. This release includes great extra content such as numerous deleted
scenes that add to the incredible visual experience the film already is and an
intimate conversation between the two directors about the making of it. Unmissable.
-Deleted Scenes: Over 35 minutes of beautifully-shot deleted scenes.
-Looking Back: Wim and Juliano reflect on the making of their film.