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Rangefinder 35
11-13-2017, 19:41
I just saw a documentary on Sebastiao Salgado "The Salt of the Earth". I was deeply moved, to the point of questioning my interest in landscape photography. Anybody else has thoughts on this film?

sleepyhead
11-13-2017, 22:59
Hi, yes, I've seen it. As you said, it's moving, a heavy thing to watch.

But quite nice in the end describing the environmental re-juvination of the farming area that Salgado grew up in.

What about your landscape photography are you questioning?


I just saw a documentary on Sebastiao Salgado "The Salt of the Earth". I was deeply moved, to the point of questioning my interest in landscape photography. Anybody else has thoughts on this film?

Kent
11-14-2017, 04:36
An amazing movie. One of the most impressive documentaries on photography I have ever seen.

FranZ
11-14-2017, 10:40
I have seen this beautiful movie and recently I visited the 'Genesis' exhibition in Rotterdam - the Netherlands.
I was so impressed I bought the 520 pages catalogue.
It is beautiful work.
It is hard not to be touched by his work, especially his b/w portraits.
Some of his b/w landscape work might imho be better suited for color work.
For your perspective:
Salgado worked for eight years on the Genesis project, making 4 2 month expeditions with his staff to the remotest places on the earth each year, returning with an average 10.000 photo's on each expedition!
If you google on 'ted talk sebastiao salgado' you will find an interesting 16 min youtube film.
The point I want to make; I can't compare myself with him or his pictures; but I continue creating my own images with my own skills in my own small corner of the earth.

Huss
11-14-2017, 11:48
It's a fantastic and moving film.

Maybe not many people know this, but Salgado started out as a wedding photographer before moving on to his 'current' vocation.

Can you even imagine being one of the few people that had him take their wedding snaps?
"Oh, you like our wedding pics? Yeah, Sebastiao Salgado took them"

ian_watts
11-14-2017, 11:58
Maybe not many people know this, but Salgado started out as a wedding photographer before moving on to his 'current' vocation.

I know that he was an economist with a coffee organisation before becoming a photographer but I have never heard that he was a wedding photographer. My understanding is that he started out shooting assignments for Sygma and Gamma in Paris and later joined Magnum before moving away from photojournalism (including leaving Magnum) to pursue his more project orientated work.

Are you sure someone wasn't pulling your leg?

Huss
11-14-2017, 12:02
I know that he was an economist with a coffee organisation before becoming a photographer but I have never heard that he was a wedding photographer. My understanding is that he started out shooting assignments for Sygma and Gamma in Paris and later joined Magnum before moving away from photojournalism (including leaving Magnum) to pursue his more project orientated work.

Are you sure someone wasn't pulling your leg?

I think it was even mentioned in the film.

Rangefinder 35
11-14-2017, 17:40
What about your landscape photography are you questioning?

It's just seem so unimportant, compared to issues tackled by Sebastiao Salgado.

giganova
11-14-2017, 17:45
Absolutely stunning movie, although quite a bit depressing in some parts.

However, I was taken aback when I learned how long he leaves his family alone to pursue his photography. His son practically grew up without a father.

I agree that some of his work would have been even better in color (mostly the animal shots in Africa and Galapagos).

sleepyhead
11-14-2017, 23:31
It's just seem so unimportant, compared to issues tackled by Sebastiao Salgado.

Hi, I understand, and I also struggle sometimes with the question of "could I be doing something more meaningfull with my photography?" But there are many ways to contribute to trying to make the world a better place.

Perhaps you can use your photography to raise awareness about an issue local to where you live through landscape photography. Or perhaps contribute in other ways, and use your photography to gain a spiritual uplift that gives you energy and motivation to contribute in other ways.

I think what's important is that our efforts, photography or otherwise, are important important to us. Then we can hope that maybe some other people will also find them important.