The Story in Sebastiao Salgado’s workers
Sebastiao Salgado’s workers is an exceptional photography series and book thanks to its detail in men at work in the lowest levels and harshest conditions. His work shows solidarity with the world’s most poor societies. He seeks to recognize and appreciate the isolated peasants and refugees who represent a large portion of humankind. Salgado focuses on oppressed workers of South America comprising men and women who are overworked and underpaid. The book is a journey into activities that define the real labor force responsible for changing the world with major constructions. It also depicts the transformation from stone-age to the present industrialized levels.
If you are a fan of Pieter Hugo, the chances are that you recognize his award-winning work, including the acclaimed 2007 series The Hyena and the Other Men. He’s also known for photographing men harvesting honey in a Ghanaian forest, teenage laborers working at an electronic dumpsite just outside of Accra, and weary diamond miners in a rusty Zimbabwean border town, just to name a few of his series.
In one of his recent works, cleverly dubbed “1994,” the iconic photographer takes us on a journey to post-apartheid South Africa and post-genocide Rwanda in the eyes of children. It’s so named after the latter unfortunate episode that saw the Rwandan ethnic group of Tutsis nearly wiped out of the face of the planet.