‘The Salt of the Earth’ Presents a Photographer’s Life and Lens, in Focus

The German film director Wim Wenders was walking down La Brea Avenue in Los Angeles one day in the mid-1980s when out of the corner of his eye he caught sight of some startling photographs in the window of a gallery. Intrigued, he immediately entered, learned that the photographer was a Brazilian named Sebastião Salgado, and emerged an hour later the owner of a pair of prints — one from Mr. Salgado’s now-celebrated Serra Pelada series from a gold mine in the Amazon, the other from the Sahel in Africa — that continue to this day to hang over the director’s desk in his Berlin office.



(image credit: Lélia Deluiz Wanick/Amazonas Images, via Sony Pictures Classics)