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Terra: Struggle of the Landless Hardcover – 1 Jul 1997
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'Buy this book for a collection of outstanding documentary photography and you've got your money's worth. But you will soon realize it is worth more than just that.' (The Photographic Journal) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Sebastião Salgado (b.1944) is one of the leading photojournalists working in the world today. Born in Brazil and trained as an economist, his political activities led to his exile in the late 1960s working as a photojournalist in 1973. He has reveived many awards, including the W Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, and his many books have been published to great acclaim. He is currently based in Paris.
José Saramago is a Potuguese writer who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1998.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Salgado is that rare thing; a great artist who knows that his duty is to be a witness to injustice and the immense human suffering that is its consequence. The next time you hear the 'great and the good' discussing 'poverty' think of the faces in this book and think of the countless million stories like theirs which we know nothing about.
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These people struggle and may suffer personal tragedies, but there is dignity in their souls. When you see these people, they may not be in control of their fate, whatever terrible fate it may be, but they are in control of their hearts. The blood that runs through the veins of the people Salgado introduced me to, in the photos from the other side of the globe, flows deeper, and redder, and richer than does the blood in my world...
Their lives are fleeting and so is yours my friend, but I believe they have wings; we do not. While you and I are burdened with the weight of unfunny jokes and political scandals, they are free, burdened only with broken hearts and bones that heal fast and clean...
I could not afford the price of the book myself, I could barely afford to stand there as long as I did reading the book; I mean how long can one view a side of oneself so rarely llumiminated?
Once I thought, all I needed to know was God, or to know a beautiful woman, or maybe just smile to bystanders... but I realize I KNOW NOTHING... and that leaves a lot for me to want to know, still. Good luck to you if you should get this book.
Like all his previous works, the camera that made `Terra' points to the heart of all human being worthy of that classification; with Chico's poems pointing at each ones soul and Saramago's pen pointing at our conscience (and that of God), if this book does not make us see the world in a whole different way, then we better worry before looking at the mirror...
Fernando Gouveia (email@example.com), Vila Real, Portugal
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