Oct 4, 2007

Gold Serra Pelada, State of Parà, Brazil


Gold Serra Pelada, State of Parà, Brazil

1986, printed 1995

Sebastião Salgado

(Brazilian, 1944-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 30 x 44.2 cm (11 13/16 x 17 3/8 in.); Paper: 39.8 x 50.2 cm (15 11/16 x 19 3/4 in.); Matted: 50.8 x 61 cm (20 x 24 in.)

The Julius L. Greenfield Photography Acquisition Fund 1995.83



Perhaps more than those of any other living photographer, Sebastião Salgado's photographs of the world's poor make a compassionate statement on the human condition. In his images, the artist chronicles the large-scale use of manual labor in pre-industrial Third World countries. Here, loaded down with bags of earth and mud, over 50,000 men are reduced to the size of ants as they climb up and down the walls of gigantic, terraced pits on primitive ladders in the gold mines of Serra Pelada.

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