“Both illuminating and uplifting… a moving tribute to a peerless talent.” – The Guardian
Brazilian adventurer Sebastião Salgado is one of the undisputed greats of 20th century photography. Finding fame in the 1980s through his haunting images of the violent gold rush at Serra Pelada, Salgado went on to spend his career documenting the lives of the desperate and dispossessed, from the Gulf War to the Rwandan genocide to his own beloved Brazil.
Long retired to a life of quiet contemplation and environmental activism, Salgado becomes the subject of his own story in The Salt of the Earth, a captivating labour of love by his son Juliano and Wim Wenders.
Tracking Salgado’s extraordinary life and work through rare archival footage and piercingly honest interviews, this is a generous and fascinating portrait of an exceptional artist who used his lens to explore questions of politics, economics and inequality, and an activist dedicated to forging change through art.
Winner of the Special Jury Prize in the Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival.