Sebastião Salgado spent decades going to the most hellish places on earth and documenting a litany of misery through photography. And about a decade ago, he hit a wall. His soul seemed empty, he said. So he did what he could to save himself. He began what he and his wife call the Genesis project, focusing on pristine parts of the Earth and grandiose landscapes.
These efforts are documented in the new documentary “The Salt of the Earth,” co-directed by Salgado’s son, Juliano, and famed filmmaker Wim Wenders. And it’s one of the most shocking — and inspiring — documentaries of the year.