"Because death belongs to all, so too should life": First Edition of Terra: Struggle of the Landless; Signed by Sebastiao Salgado and Jose Saramago
Terra: Struggle of the Landless.
Salgado, Sebastiao; Preface by Jose Saramago.
Item Number: 1524
London: Phaidon Press, 1997.
London: Phaidon Press, 1997. First edition of one of the finest compilations of the works of Brazilian photojournalist and political activist, Sebastiao Salgado. Quarto, original gray cloth. Light wear to the bottom boards, fine in a near fine dust jacket. Signed by both Sebastiao Salgado and Nobel Prize-winning author Jose Saramago, who contributed the preface.
A gifted photographer and a man of great compassion, Salgado does not take frivolous pictures. Here he returns to Brazil to document the lives of peasants forced off the land by the industrialization of agriculture, "landless" farmers, some of whom were massacred when they staged a demonstration in 1996. The struggle for land continues, but there is hope, and hope, along with quiet pride, is present even in the most strained visages recorded in Salgado's magnificent duotones, works of art that convey far more "information" than televised news reports. The book was published to coincide with the International Day of Struggle for the Land in April of 1997 and stands as a lasting testament to Brazilian peasants, the outstanding courage and propensity for hope.