The Salt of the Earth

Synopsis: For the last 40 years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity. He has witnessed some of the major events of our recent history; international conflicts, starvation and exodus. He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of wild fauna and flora, and of grandiose landscapes as part of a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty.
Production: Sony Pictures Classics
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 11 nominations.
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110 min

It may be best to start recalling the origin of this word.

In Greek, "photo" meaning light.

And "graphein" was writing, drawing.

A photographer is literally someone drawing with light.

Someone who writes and rewrites the world with light and shadow.

Sierra Pelada, la pray Mine Brazil,

in front of me.

When I reached the edge of that huge hole

I raised the hair.

I had never seen anything like it.

There, I saw before me in a split second,

the history of mankind.

The history of the construction of the pyramids,

the Tower of Babel,

King Solomon's Mines.

The sound of a single machine in there was no sound.

Only you could hear

the murmur of 50,000 people in a big hole.

Conversations, noise, human noise

mixed with touches manuals ...

Actually, I have traveled to the beginning of time there.

I could almost hear the murmur of gold in those souls.

We had to throw all that land.

Not everything is gold,

They had to climb, get out, climb the small stairs

then get to the big stairs,

and come to the surface.

You're not thinking of falling.

And if you fall, there is a risk you take several.

I up several times a day

and it never occurred to me that I might fall

because no one fell.

We were there to carry bags or to take pictures, in my case.

The men went up there 50 or 60 times a day.

The only way down an inclined plane like that

He is running.

Si paras, te caes.

All these people together formed a very organized world.

But completely crazy.

They may look like slaves,

but there was not a single slave.

If there was slavery there, it was the desire to be rich.

Everyone wanted to be rich.

There you could find everything: intellectuals, lawyers,

Farm employees,

City workers ...

They all came to look for an opportunity.

Because when we gave a gold mine,

everyone working in that part of the mine

They had the right to choose a bag.

And in those sacks they had chosen

slavery was hiding.

It could be nothing or could be a kilo of gold.

At that time they played their independence.

All men, when they begin to touch the gold,

They do not return.

I saw this picture for the first time in a gallery,

more than twenty years ago.

I did not know who had taken.

I thought, "He must be a great photographer and an adventurer."

Behind it was a stamp and a signature.

Sebastiao Salgado.

I bought a copy.

The gallery drawer pulled more photos of the same photographer.

What I saw moved me deeply,

especially this image,

portrait of a blind woman Tuareg.

Even though tears cause I see every day,

So since then, it hangs on my desk.

I knew something of Sebastiao Salgado.

Really they cared about people.

This meant a lot to me.

At the end of the day, people are the salt of the earth.

It was a long time before we met

and we talked about his life, his work and where it came from everything.

The salt of the earth

We can put many photographers in one place,

always will draw very different pictures

because necessarily come

very very different sites.

Everyone has their way of seeing,

each according to his story.

I think my story

It is that I learned my way to see here in this place.

Here I have an ideal world.

Took long walks with my father,

through this place, and we came here to watch.

Behind each of these mountains,

there is a story, there is something to see.

Here I dreamed a lot.

He wanted to go beyond these mountains, he wanted to know.

A JOURNEY WITH Sebastiao Salgado


Sebastiao was very bohemian, was always traveling.

He liked to travel as anyone.

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Wim Wenders

Ernst Wilhelm "Wim" Wenders (German: [vɪm vɛndɐs]; born 14 August 1945) is a German filmmaker, playwright, author, photographer, and a major figure in New German Cinema. Among many honors, he has received three nominations for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature: for Buena Vista Social Club (1999), about Cuban music culture, Pina (2011), about the contemporary dance choreographer Pina Bausch, and The Salt of the Earth (2014), about Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. One of Wenders' earliest honors was a win for the BAFTA Award for Best Direction for his narrative drama Paris, Texas (1984), which also won the Palme d'Or at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. Many of his subsequent films have also been recognized at Cannes, including Wings of Desire (1987), for which Wenders won the Best Director Award at the 1987 Cannes Film Festival. Wenders has been the president of the European Film Academy in Berlin since 1996. Alongside filmmaking, he is an active photographer, emphasizing images of desolate landscapes. He is considered to be an auteur director. more…

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