Brazil born 1944
Serra Pelada (man at top of ladder, hand)
1986-91 prtd 1991 Description: from The end of manual labour
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Throughout his career, photojournalist Sebastião Salgado has used his images to raise public awareness of the plight of the vulnerable and downtrodden. He has specialised in long-term, self-assigned projects during which he travels around the world to document a single theme – refugees for example in one case, and labourers in another. He evokes biblical archetypes to give his work the force of myth. The writhing body of workers at the Serra Pelada gold mine in his native Brazil are surely a glimpse of hell on earth.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra