“The Salt of the Earth”: The world’s beauty and horror, presented in black and white


“The Salt of the Earth” opens Friday at Sundance Cinemas. PG-13, 1 hour 50 minutes, three stars out of four.

You may have seen the photo. It’s a black-and-white photo of miners of Brazil’s Serra Pelada gold rush, hundreds of filthy men crawling across the pitted mountainside like ants, scrabbling for their fortunes.

The man who took that photo, Sebastiao Salgado, says he felt like he was witnessing the “dawn of time” when he took that photo. For 40 years, Salgado has traveled the world taking photos in places most would fear to tread, documenting famine, genocide, poverty, death.

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