I’ve heard of Sebastião Salgado over the years, and maybe even looked at his work here and there, but until very recently I can’t say I knew much about the man or his work. As I was browsing online I ran into a trailer of a documentary on him and that changed everything. I began looking on the web at Salgado’s work and was simply brought to tears. Working strictly in black and white, his work is powerful and the images can truly move one’s soul.
The first volume I picked up is Genesis, an incredible collection of untouched landscapes from across the globe as well as peoples still living mostly by ancient traditions. I highly recommend this masterpiece. Spend several days absorbing the imagery.
Also, have a look at the incredibly filmed documentary (by his son) The Salt of the Earth. Here you will find not just the breathtaking vistas but also incredibly moving, often devastating, portraits of humanity. Sebastião Salgado has witnessed more than most of us ever will, and was himself moved to breaking point from all he experienced. In the film you will find an incredible portrait of him that’s worth knowing. There is much hope in what he shares.
Both can be picked up at Amazon, among other places. I’m now spending some time leafing through Salgado’s Africa.