Shot just thirty years ago, the images are reminiscent of an ancient, almost biblical scene and some of the most iconic images of modern photography. In Salgado’s own words: “Every hair on my body stood on edge. The Pyramids, the history of mankind unfolded. I had travelled to the dawn of time".
What is Serra Pelada?
Said to be the largest open-air gold mine in the world, Serra Pelada was also the most violent, notorious for its atrocious working conditions as well as murder and prostitution. Salgado’s cinematic photos expose the hellish reality for the miners and tell their story piece by piece.
Sebastião Salgado photography
Salgado’s epic wide shots capture the vast scale and depth of the mine, freezing in time the anthill of workers. You’d be forgiven for thinking that these were images taken of a model. But the close ups – the arresting and immaculately timed portraits of Serra Pelada’s workers – bring the human aspect unflinchingly to life.
What's all the fuss about?
We can’t recommend this exhibition highly enough. Salgado has earned himself the unofficial title of the greatest documentary photographer working today, and these are perhaps his most famous images.
And this exhibition won’t be around for long, so make sure you don’t miss out!
|What||Sebastião Salgado: Serra Pelada, Beetles + Huxley|
|Where||Beetles + Huxley, 3-5 Swallow St, London , W1B 4DE | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Piccadilly Circus (underground)|
07 Sep 15 – 19 Sep 15, Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5.30pm
|Website||Click here for more details|