Posted on May 9, 2011
Anytime the idea, thought or concept of documentary photography creeps into my mind there is ONE person who always comes to mind first. Salgado. I’m just gonna refer to him by has last name. If Prince can do it, and Ronaldo and a few others, then I nominate Salgado for one name status.
If you don’t know Salgado then you are in for a treat. This film below is around 20 minutes long, which in portfolio terms either means you don’t know how to edit or you have produced an insane amount of quality work. Salgado falls into the second category. Just take a look at this film, or skip through it to any section and have a look.
This guy works on projects on a scale beyond anyone else i know, and the only sad thing about this story is that I don’t see anyone following in his footsteps. I’m not sure the industry or the collective mindset of the world will permit it. This work, on this scale, takes time, a lot of time, and we seem to want the quick fix these days.
My hope is that somewhere out there is a kid who will see this and make a decision to follow these well placed tracks.
I can’t tell you how painful it is for me to watch this film. I had to turn the sound off, but that’s not why I find it painful. What hurts, in kind of a good way, is knowing what it takes to pull off ONE of the projects in this film, let alone ALL of them. People, some of these were ten plus year projects. To envision, fund, create, package, market, sell and expose this work is a year-round, full-time well oiled machine, and Salgado has been doing it for decades. I sent him a book a few years ago, just blindly, sent it to him in Paris. I just wanted to share what I thought at the time was my best work. No idea if he ever received it, if he ever saw it, but I felt better at least making an attempt.