The Salt of the Earth is
a documentary film on the work of a photographer, Sebastiao Salgado.
The photographs are often in black and white, but they get to match up to the
visual beauty of the subjects of those photoshoots. The documentary is
presented with a photojournalistic variation, on a full of life atmosphere,
sharp observations, a bottom-ended humanitarian idea on how things work in the
world and a challenging integral landscape.
It has been received well in
numerous festivals, as well as raked in very high critically, and even been
spotted in high-profile award shows. Salgado had a farm in Brazil, where he
first learned how to spot colour on photographs, and following this there is
also a coverage of the photographer’s life at university, and a brief stint as
an economist. He moved to Paris in the ‘60s when Brazil was a confused and
socially disenchanted place to be due to the dictatorship.
The film has been
shot by his son, so naturally you can expect a documentary on the frivolous,
razor-edged relationship he shared with Salgado: there is trouble with how to
capture polar bears on a film, for the son, and him trying to make up missing
out on being there to take an interest in his father’s life somewhat, as a way
to redeem for being so wholly ignorant, previously. There is also a lot of
left-wing political idealogy that is centred around the film, so it is an
interesting, varied watch on a man’s lifework, his photographs and his
Film rating: 8/10.