Endlessly trekking the globe to capture breathtaking images of the natural and human realms, Sebastião Salgado
is regarded as one of the most talented photographers alive. His work documents moments in time that sometimes are reminiscent of surreal realities and others harsh reminders of the evils of mankind.
Four over 40 years the Brazilian artist has visited isolated communities in remote corners of earth and witnessed striking events that have shaped his perception of our flawed world. Having to flee his homeland in the 60s as the military dictatorship became more oppressive, Salgado and his wife relocated to France where he bought his first camera with no real intentions beyond a hobby. But after taking his first photograph, of her of course, he was hooked and eventually dismissed his stable career as an economist to pursue this burning new passion.
Now, the explorer has been observed in the Academy Award-nominated "The Salt of the Earth
," an elegantly achieved documentary by veteran filmmaker Wim Wenders
and Salgado's own son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
. Revisiting his most acclaimed work and following him into new photographic adventures, the film serves not only as a portrait of the creator but it also illuminates the reasoning for his devoted pursuit. There is a subtly political component to his work that demands social justice by exposing inequality and the dangers of voracious capitalism with haunting beauty This journey into the sensitivities and concerns of such exceptional visionary is a documentary that only Wenders could envision and that could only be as insightful as it is due to Juliano’s involvement as co-director.
“The Salt of the Earth
” is confrontational, spiritual, revelatory, compassionate, and deeply humanistic. It’s the story of one man who relates to pain and joy through his camera and how that connects with those who get to see it thanks to him.
After a successful theatrical run grossing over $1.3 million dollars, Sony Pictures Classics
has released “The Salt of the Earth
” on Blu-ray and DVD. This release includes great extra content such as numerous deleted scenes that add to the incredible visual experience the film already is and an intimate conversation between the two directors about the making of it. Unmissable.Special Features
-Deleted Scenes: Over 35 minutes of beautifully-shot deleted scenes.
-Commentary with Wim Wenders
and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado
-Looking Back: Wim and Juliano reflect on the making of their film.