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Sebastiao Salgado: Workers

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en Limba Engleză Hardback – June 2005
More then those of any other living photographer, Sebastião Salgado's images of the world's poor stand in tribute to the human condition. Salgado defines his work as "militant photography" dedicated to "the best comprehension of man"; over the decades he has bestowed great dignity on the most isolated and neglected among us-- from famine-stricken refugees in the Sahel to the indigenous peoples of South America.

With Workers, Salgado brings us a global epic that transcends mere image making to become an affirmation of the enduring spirit of working men and women. In this volume, three hundred fifty duotone photographs form an archaeological perspective of the activities that have defined hard work from the Stone Age through the Industrial Revolution to the present. With images of the infernal landscape of an Indonesian sulfur mine, the drama of traditional Sicilian tuna fishing, and the staggering endurance of Brazilian gold miners, Salgado unearths layers of visual information to reveal the ceaseless human activity at the core of modern civilization.

Workers presents its subjects on several interactive levels: Salgado's introductory text expands his passionate photographic iconography, and extended captions, also written by Salgado, provide a historical and factual framework. Evoking the monumentality of Baroque sculpture, images of oil-fire fighters extinguishing Kuwaiti wells are informed by data detailing this perilous venture. Heroic photographs of Cuban and Brazilian peasants harvesting sugarcane are enriched by an overview of the history of the sugar trade, which documents centuries of colonialist exploitation.

On the eve of the millennium, Workers serves as an elegy for the passing of traditional methods of labor and production. Yet its ultimate message is one of endurance and hope: entire Indian families serve as construction crews to build a dam that will bring life to their land, and laborers using contemporary technology connect England and France through Eurotunnel. Honoring the timeless and indomitable spirit of the manual laborer, Workers renders the human condition with honesty and respect.
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ISBN-13: 9780893815257
ISBN-10: 089381525X
Pagini: 400
Dimensiuni: 257 x 333 x 38 mm
Greutate: 3.48 kg
Editura: Aperture

Notă biografică

Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado has received photojournalism's top awards for his documentary work on peasant life in Latin America, famine in the Sahel region of Africa, the end of large-scale manual labor, forced migration at the end of the twentieth century, and most recently, the global campaign to eradicate polio. Trained as an economist, he began working as a photographer in 1973. Autres Amériques (Other Americas) was awarded the Kodak/City of Paris award; Sahel: L'Homme en Détresse won best photography book of the year from the international photography festival in Arles, France; and An Uncertain Grace, an Aperture book, was published in 1990 to enormous acclaim. Among many other citations, he has received the W. Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography and was named Photographer of the Year on two occasions by the International Center of Photography, New York. In 1994, Salgado left the prestigious Magnum Photo Agency to found Amazonas Images. He lives in Paris with his wife, Lélia Wanick Salgado, and their two children.