The Salt Of The Earth (★★★★★ Empire Review)

SaltOfEarthSquareEvery second of film is made up of 24 still photographs, so it’s interesting that Wim Wenders, better known lately for his photography than films, has now made a documentary about a photographer. After four decades chronicling humanity, from Rwanda to Bosnia and his native Brazil, “social photographer” Sebastião Salgado turned his camera on nature itself, with awe-inspiring results. Wenders lets Salgado tell his own story, while his life’s work speak volumes about the human condition. Some of his depicitons of human suffering are not for the faint-hearted, but like this fine documentary, demand to be seen. It’s an outstanding piece of work about an extraordinary artist.

Wenders’ profoundly moving tribute to celebrated “social photographer” Salgado is like having a personal tour through the life and work of a truly extraordinary artist. Unmissable.


About David Hughes: Published Work

Empire and Time Out film critic, screenwriter of award-winning drama "Where the Road Runs Out", and MD of movie marketing agency Synchronicity, and author of books about Kubrick, Lynch and films that were never made.

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