What can convince one of the world’s most acclaimed photographers that he can no longer take a picture? Just as important – perhaps more so – what can redeem him?

The answers to these questions are at the heart of a remarkable documentary film, The Salt of the Earth, the story of the Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. For more than two decades, Salgado was increasingly drawn to photograph some of the most harrowing episodes of the late 20th century, from famine and environmental disaster to genocide, until such was his despair at what he was recording that he laid down ...


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