More then those of any other living photographer Sebastio Salgado's images of the world's poor stand in tribute to the human condition Salgado defines his work as militant photography dedicated to the best comprehension of man; over the decades he has bestowed great dignity on the most isolated and neglected among us from famine stricken refugees in the Sahel to the indigenous peoples of South AmericaWith Workers Salgado brings us a global epic that transcends mere image making to become an affirmation of the enduring spirit of working men and women In this volume three hundred fifty duotone photographs form an archaeological perspective of the activities that have defined hard work from the Stone Age through the Industrial Revolution to the present With images of the infernal landscape of an Indonesian sulfur mine the drama of traditional Sicilian tuna fishing and the staggering endurance of Brazilian gold miners Salgado unearths layers of visual information to reveal the ceaseless human activity at the core of modern civilization Workers presents its subjects on several interactive levels Salgado's introductory text expands his passionate photographic iconography and extended captions also written by Salgado provide a historical and factual framework Evoking the monumentality of Baroue sculpture images of oil fire fighters extinguishing Kuwaiti wells are informed by data detailing this perilous venture Heroic photographs of Cuban and Brazilian peasants harvesting sugarcane are enriched by an overview of the history of the sugar trade which documents centuries of colonialist exploitationOn the eve of the millennium Workers serves as an elegy for the passing of traditional methods of labor and production Yet its ultimate message is one of endurance and hope entire Indian families serve as construction crews to build a dam that will bring life to their land and laborers using contemporary technology connect England and France through Eurotunnel Honoring the timeless and indomitable spirit of the manual laborer Workers renders the human condition with honesty and respectMore then those of any other living photographer Sebastio Salgado's images of the world's poor stand in tribute to the human condition Salgado defines his work as militant photography dedicated to the best comprehension of man; over the decades he has bestowed great dignity on the most isolated and neglected among us from famine stricken refugees in the Sahel to the indigenous peoples of South AmericaWith Workers Salgado brings us a global epic that transcends mere image making to become an affirmation of the enduring spirit of working men and women In this volume three hundred fifty duotone photographs form an archaeological perspective of the activities that have defined hard work from the Stone Age through the Industrial Revolution to the present With images of the infernal landscape of an Indonesian sulfur mine the drama of traditional Sicilian tuna fishing and the staggering endurance of Brazilian gold miners Salgado unearths layers of visual information to reveal the ceaseless human activity at the core of modern civilization Workers presents its subjects on several interactive levels Salgado's introductory text expands his passionate photographic iconography and extended captions also written by Salgado provide a historical and factual framework Evoking the monumentality of Baroue sculpture images of oil fire fighters extinguishing Kuwaiti wells are informed by data detailing this perilous venture Heroic photographs of Cuban and Brazilian peasants harvesting sugarcane are enriched by an overview of the history of the sugar trade which documents centuries of colonialist exploitationOn the eve of the millennium Workers serves as an elegy for the passing of traditional methods of labor and production Yet its ultimate message is one of endurance and hope entire Indian families serve as construction crews to build a dam that will bring life to their land and laborers using contemporary technology connect England and France through Eurotunnel Honoring the timeless and indomitable spirit of the manual laborer Workers renders the human condition with honesty and respect


13 thoughts on “Sebastião Salgado: Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Age

  1. says:

    Bekannt grandioses Werk von Salgado hat auch über die Jahre nicht an Faszination verloren Wer sich für SW Fotografie begeistert sollte das Buch unbedingt haben Geniale Aufnahmen aus den Diamantminen und von den Ölfeldern TOP


  2. says:

    sehr beeindruckend


  3. says:

    Beeindruckendes Werk tolle Bilder Für mich ein echter Meilenstein der Fotografie Beeindruckend wie schnell sich die Arbeitswelt bei uns verändert hat und wie sie in anderen Ländern immer noch aussieht Das erinnert einen noch mal daran woher unser Wohlstand und seine Produkte kommen


  4. says:

    Salgados dokumentarische Fotos sind respektvoll und menschlich nie effektheischend Dabei sind sie von sehr großer Intensität Einige Fotos sind unglaublich verdichtet und geradezu ikonischAuch Salgados Bildsprache und seine schwarz weiß Ästhetik ist unverkennbar Sie enthalten häufig viele Grauabstufungen Dies macht die Bilder detailreich und plastisch Alles in allem ist Workers ein beeindruckendes WerkLeider kann die ualität des Buches da nicht ganz mithalten Die Drucke der Fotos sind ok Leider sind die meisten Bilder im uerformat über der Falz gedruckt Für mich extrem störend eigentlich ein No GoDaher Fotos 5 Sterne Buch 3 Sterne insgesamt 4 Sterne


  5. says:

    This book is an astonishing document on both the talents of Sebastiao Salgado and the roughness of some of the worst professions in the world The book was several years in the making and it shows A lot of credit goes to Aperture for such a uality print Your first impression will be of astonishment as you browse through the pictures of one of the top photographers of this century Then you'll want to read the small booklet that explains what each picture is One day I hope someone will print a teaching book of photography with as good pictures as these but with all the detailed information of how the picture was taken film camera lens exposure # of photos discarded date time of day latitude time spent to take the picture etc If there's anything to critize in this book is that no technical information is given at all But that was the point of it It is an art book not a didactic one


  6. says:

    Salgado's eyes capture a world forgotten to most of us a world where humanity is subjected to hard unending labor Here machines tower over their workers as hapless captives as if man and machine have traded roles in some dark nightmare And even amidst this bleak picture Salgado has found a spark of humanity still afire testifying that their struggles are in a way still our own An engrossing book updated to fit on my member page


  7. says:

    I discovered the book in a public library in Paris I was really shocked when I just pass hundreds of pages just discovering great and greater pictures In particular I loved some chapters like the Mattanza thun fish in Sicile or the one settled in Bangladesh The photographic style is pure and simple The techniue is simply perfect so the work of Salgado is rated at a very high level all over the book The only but I find is that maybe there are so many good pictures you can swallow them at once


  8. says:

    Salgado's eyes capture a world forgotten to most of us a world where humanity is subjected to hard unending labor Here machines tower over their workers as hapless captives as if man and machine have traded roles in some dark nightmare And even amidst this bleak picture Salgado has found a spark of humanity still afire testifying that their struggles are in a way still our own An engrossing book


  9. says:

    Searching and stunning photographs from a master


  10. says:

    Workers includes some of the most famous shots by Salgado alas the layout of this book mortifies them they are printed over two pages with the binding ruining the pictures it's a pity


  11. says:

    beautiful pictures the binding destroys some images i think a landscape format and smaller images like in his africa book would have been the best route


  12. says:

    Sublime Photo documentary


  13. says:

    I own the other book by Salgado about Africa i would rank Salgado as on of the threebest photographers ever