The Salt of the Earth

During the last forty years, the photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever changing humanity. He has witnessed the major events of our recent history ; international conflicts, starvations and exodus… He is now embarking on the discovery of pristine territories, of the wild fauna and flora, of grandiose landscapes : a huge photographic project which is a tribute to the planet's beauty. Sebastião's Salgado's life and work are revealed to us by his son, Juliano, who went with him during his last journeys, and by Wim Wenders, a photographer himself.


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  • ★★★★½ review by slyman on Letterboxd

    A nice reminder for a cinema fan that pictures don't have to move to be utterly affecting

  • ★★★½ review by Ben Albertyn on Letterboxd

    Sure, 90% of its value is derived from Salgado's shatteringly powerful photography but Wenders just dealt with it so magnificently and the whole idea of contextualizing his famous images, as well as contextualizing his own world view and POV worked so incredibly well. Wenders never meant for it to be a great movie and thats what makes it a very good movie. It just celebrates, and indulges in, Salgado's incredible achievements and the film is at its best when we're just flipping through his mind blowing, and often harrowing, imagery as the great man himself talks us through every frame. Absolutely transfixing. Its about 10/15 minutes too long but I doubt whether you will ever find a better documentary about photography than this.

  • ★★★★ review by Raul Marques on Letterboxd

    Juggling between what's in front of the camera and the person behind it, the film makes Salgado's photos even more fascinating than they already are. With such meaningful themes, it's perfectly natural that there's more emphasis on the work rather than the man, but through comments on his experiences you get to know him. I couldn't help but find the narration, from Sebastião, slightly snobby at first, but once much heavier pictures comes up this feeling is completely gone.

  • ★★★★ review by StormofCuteness on Letterboxd

    Finally got to see this one! I love Wim Wenders, his documentaries, and photography so this was a perfect fit for me. Here, he and the photographer's son Juliano capture the amazing life of Sebastaio Salgado, who, along with his wife, Lelia, have created some of the most moving photography books I have ever seen.

    Once again, as with Buena Vista Social Club and Pina, we are allowed entrance to an artistic practice through the masterful visual storytelling and deep humanity that Wenders allows those he is so creatively compelled by. The use of color and b&w is so stunningly beautiful that I wept many times at the images alone and inwardly kicked myself for missing it at the cinema.

  • ★★★★ review by Lance on Letterboxd

    Great footage of walruses, burning oil fields, and the Sahara

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