Salt of the Earth: An Inspiration to Save the Planet

Salt of the Earth: An Inspiration to Save the Planet

by Antonio Pasolini
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New film looks at Brazilian photographer and reforestation advocate Salgado via @Justmeans

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 8:00am



What happens when a maverick filmmaker such as Wim Winders decides to document the body of work and life trajectory of another ground-breaking artist such as Sebastião Salgado? A truly moving film that makes us look at the world with fresh eyes and a desire to make it better.

Salgado​ ​was born in ​1944 in ​Aimorés, a small town in southeast Brazil, a mining center and ecologically devastated region that sits on the edges of an important river called Rio Doce. At 18 he moved to Vitória, the capital of Espirito Santo State to attend the college of economics. After completing his college education, he earned a master's degree in economics from the University of São Paulo. He began to study for a doctorate in economics at the University of Paris, but moved to London to work as an economist for the International Coffee Organization. It was in this period he started travelling to Africa and became interested in photography when his wife and mentor L​élia​ gave him a camera, which would change his life completely.

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Antonio Pasolini is a journalist based in Brazil who writes about alternative energy, green living and sustainability. He edits, a top web destination for news and comment on renewable energy, and contributes articles on emerging technology to Gizmag. He is also a happy herbivore.