Terra: Struggle of the Landless
This volume tells the story of the forced migration of the Brazilian peasants and their struggle to survive in the face of joblessness and extreme poverty. In a series of photographs Salgado shows the efforts of the peasants to reclaim the arable land they see as their natural heritage and recounts how this fight has often resulted in bloodshed. He was present at a farm in...more
Paperback, 143 pages
Published April 23rd 1998 by Phaidon Press
(first published April 1st 1997)
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Aug 18, 2008 Morgan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everybody
Recommended to Morgan by: Frederico Freitas
This one's on my want list. It's a hit coffee table book in Brazil that reads as an illustrated how-to of taking over disused and misused land by and for landless workers. Salgado's photos are so powerful they are capable of inducing buckets of tears that are a soup of sorrow and joy and inspiration all at once (like the Brazilian emotion of saudade that is almost inexplicable to anyone who doesn't speak Portuguese) just like the story of the MST—the Movement of Landless Workers for whom this bo...more
It's amazing to me that slavery still exists, but it's so far away we don't even recognize it. Whether it's Brazil or Morrocco you're talking about, it's all the same. And it seems to center around not getting paid enough for all their hard work. Especially when other's get paid a whole lot of dough to sit at a desk and be comfortable. Doesn't seem fair. But that's no new news...just me pondering.
May 27, 2011 Chanti rated it 5 of 5 stars
Absolutely amazing. These photographs are some of the best I've ever seen. Chico Buarque's poems are beautiful additions to an already incredible collection of photographs documenting the struggle of the landless in Brazil. Salgado, in my opinion, is one of the world's most talented photographers in all realms: technically, artistically, humanistically. I'm in awe.
Jan 29, 2008 Maura rated it 5 of 5 stars
The world's greatest photographer, focusing on the struggles of one of the world's greatest social movements (and in black & white, even better!)... it's breathtaking and well worth purchasing so you can look at it over & over.
Sebastião Salgado was born on February 8th, 1944 in Aimorés, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. He lives in Paris. Having studied economics, Salgado began his career as a professional photographer in 1973 in Paris, working with the photo agencies Sygma, Gamma, and Magnum Photos until 1994, when he and Lélia Wanick Salgado formed Amazonas images, an agency created exclusively for his work.More about Sebastião Salgado...