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Wim Wenders once again shows his mastery of the documentary format in The Salt of the Earth, which examines the life and career of photojournalist Sebastião Salgado. Salgado is renowned for capturing the darker side of humanity in his images, from the exploitation of workers in South American gold mines to the genocide in Rwanda. Despite the nature of his work, he proves an engaging storyteller as he recounts the circumstances of his life, from his training as an economist to his move to photography and now, partly as a reaction to his experiences, his work as an environmental conservationist in his native Brazil.
Footage shot by Wenders’ co-director Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, the photographer’s son, of his father at work on location adds an extra dimension to this moving tribute to an extraordinary man. (Notes by Kevin Coyne.)
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