‘The Salt of the Earth’ – ‘Shattering’ Documentary on the Life of Photographer Sebastião Salgado

Jul 20, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

‘The Salt of the Earth’ – ‘Shattering’ Documentary on the Life of Photographer Sebastião Salgado

Jul 20, 2015

Allen Mowery

Allen Mowery is a Nationally-published Commercial & Editorial Photographer with over 20 years of experience. He has shot for major brands as well small clients. When not shooting client work or chasing overgrown wildlife from his yard, he loves to capture the stories of the people and culture around him.

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I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again:  Documentary photography has been one of my foremost artistic influences and fascinations since I was a child.  Telling stories about real people and real moments that can never be recreated.

Sebastião Salgado is a fascinating photographer and has amassed a body of work that would take a whole team of photographers a lifetime to create.  Now, his story is being told in the documentary The Salt of the Earth, a film that Rotten Tomatoes calls “a shattering, thought-provoking testament to Sebastião Salgado’s career.”

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The award-winning film gives us a glimpse into the life the man who traded in his career as an economist to become a photographer in 1973.  After working as a photojournalist, the Brazilian-born photographer set out for Africa with his wife to document the effects of a severe drought in Niger.

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Salgado never hesitated to go where humanity seemed the most deprave, boldly documenting famine in Ethiopia, genocide in Rwanda, and abandoned people groups in Asia.

The film, which was co-directed by his son, Juliano, opened in theaters in March and was released on DVD this past week. Pick up your own copy on Amazon!

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Allen Mowery

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2 responses to “‘The Salt of the Earth’ – ‘Shattering’ Documentary on the Life of Photographer Sebastião Salgado”

  1. Benjamin Von Wong Avatar
    Benjamin Von Wong

    His work is just so good. one of the photography books I’d love to own

  2. ext237 Avatar
    ext237

    This is a great movie, folks should do everything possible to go see it somewhere on a big screen. We went with a photography club in Houston. Don’t wait for the DVD, its an “in person” theater experience.