The Salt of the Earth

For the last 40 years, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado has been travelling through the continents, witnessing some of the major events of our recent history: international conflicts, starvation, and exodus. After documenting so much human trauma and exploitation, he is now dedicating his talents to revealing pristine territories, wild fauna, and flora as part of a huge photographic project that pays tribute to the planet’s beauty. Salgado’s life and work are revealed by his son Juliano and Wenders, himself a photographer. “Mesmeric and unforgettable. . .Wenders’ mastery of the documentary form is again on display… [Salgado’s] sculptural use of light and space is combined with a deep empathy for the human condition, resulting in richly complex black-and-white images that capture the dignity within every subject.”—Variety. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at both the 2015 Academy Awards and Independent Spirit Awards.

Appears in: On Art and Artists

Genres: Documentary

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Wim Wenders' Shorts

Wim Wenders’ Short Films

Before delving into the world of feature filmmaking, Wenders got his start with several short films made in the last years of the 1960’s, which he shot on both 16mm and 35mm film stock. The films include the structuralist experiment in color entitled Same Player Shoots Again (1967); Silver City (1969), one of Wenders’ student

Buena Vista 2

Buena Vista Social Club

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UntilEndofWorld

Until the End of the World

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Notebooks

Notebooks on Cities and Clothes

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Reverse Angle (1982)

Reverse Angle

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