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Terra: Struggle of the Landless Hardcover – 1 Jul 1997

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd (1 July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714836362
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714836362
  • Product Dimensions: 33.7 x 25.6 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,049,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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.

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This is an extraordinary work. It is the perfect andidote to the meaningless images we are presented with on television; Salgado shows us the the rich world how the majority of our brothers and sisters live. The grinding poverty is terrible, but the heroic resistence of the human spirit is stronger. The stares on the faces of Salgado's subjects will remain in my mind forever as a reproach and a reminder of how my comfort is built on their misery and suffering. The world's media will never mourn for the dead babies of Brazil's poor, but Salgado's images remind us that they are our brothers and sisters - our comrades, even - and that we are as responsible for them as we are for our neighbours in our safe, secure towns and cities.
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book and a well written introduction. 19 Jan. 2013
By Catherine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Great book for someone interested in photography. A well printed book illustrating the work of a defined photographer. If you like Salgado, then there is no excuse not to buy it.
19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Will blow you away, you will not know yourself... 19 Dec. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I took a look at this book in a book store, here in Berkeley Ca. The people you meet as you flip thru the photos make you want to re-examine your own life. Most of the people in these photographs have extremely difficult lives, due to a twist of fate rather than a personal choice. Salgado has not photographed them for pity or to gain sympathy from you, as much as he has shown you a side of yourself... and I am not talking about a "mirror" either. (I am talking about the side that you CAN'T see without Salgado's camera)
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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lesson in empathy!!! 26 Mar. 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A poignant illustration of the landless plight in Brazil! As evidenced by another reviewer, this book has the ability to thaw the heart of even the most ultra conservative (e.g. "Most of the people in these photographs have extremely difficult lives, due to a twist of fate rather than a personal choice.") They are landless because most middle-class Brazilians view the landless as making horrible life choices as opposed to being pushed by the wind of fate...and ironically they think descendents of Africans in the United States have much to teach "their" Amerindians and African populations about success. The irony! Yes, read it, see it, and see yourself.
15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A mirror pointed at our soul 2 Sept. 1997
By fgouveia@marao.utad.pt - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Once again, Sebastiao Salgado is back, and with two heavy weights by his side: Jose Saramago (preface) and Chico Buarque (poems).

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 (fgouveia@marao.utad.pt), Vila Real, Portugal
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