The Salt of the Earth…

Saw a great documentary during the week.

The Salt of the Earth is the story of Sebastiao Salgado, a Brazilian social documentary photographer. Directed by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, Sebastiao’s son. Well worth seeing if not just for the harrowing glimpse into his extensive photography collection. He’s worked the world over, taking unflinching pictures of human tragedy. Not for the faint hearted. But for me, it is his later work that I found the most inspiring. He moved into more environmental photography later in life and some of the pictures are so mesmerizing you question how he managed to capture them. It’s fantastic.

While it is mainly a study of Salgado’s varied and demanding career, it touched briefly on his relationship with his son. I don’t think it’s spoiling it to say I do wish they had delved more into that. There’s a complex relationship there, as would be expected with a successful and oft away father. But it was slightly brushed aside and they missed a chance to add a further dimension to this intriguing documentary. That said Wim Wenders is a master storyteller and a dab hand at making docs to say the least.

Check it out.

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