The Salt of The Earth – A documentary that takes you across the world evoking emotion and inspiring change

Nothing is more valuable or worth our time than moments that change our prospective on the world and inspire us to grow. Whether it be quality time with  friends or taking the initiative to educate ourselves  on a subject we didn’t know about before. It is something to think about how our world would be if we strived to be the best version of ourselves for the progress of the human race. We are capable of love, compassion, growth and things we might think impossible. We can have the life we want, as soon as we stop thinking only about ourselves.

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Sebastião Selgado is photographer and photo journalist that is known for his intense and captivating photos of the human condition all over the world. His photos can take us back to the beginning of time with his ability to find places in this world today that have been untouched. Salgado would spend decades at a  time in places with no contact with the outside world, immersing himself in environments overcome with starvation, genocides, war violence and famine. Traveling to over 100 countries,  Salgado has been able to rediscover tribes of indigenous peoples and live amongst those who have no records of existence since the Bible. Salgado is the founder of the Institute De Terra in Brasil where he and his wife had replanted an entire rainforest in the Valley of The River Doce as a project after much of the land in the area was devastated by a drought. You can click on the link here and see what has managed to be done within in 15 years with this project.

Salgado’s last project Genesis, was devoted to inspiring those to see how important it is to protect the world we live in.

This is a documentary that is inspiring, moving and may inspire one to look at the world through different lenses. The link to the trailer is below.

We can take a picture that communicates, one where we can see the problems and the people from around the world. We show the people of Bangladesh to others so they can understand them. I have tried to bring about better communication between people. I believe that humanitarian photography is like economics. Economy is a kind of sociology, as is documentary photography. – Sebastiao Salgad

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Serra Pelada Mine Worker in Brasil 1986 

Mine Workers- Sebstião Salgado

Zo’é Women in the Amazon Brasil

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Sebastião Salgado, Fallen worker: A fire fighter from the Safety Boss team knocked unconscious by a blast of gas from the wellhead, Kuwait, 1991

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Giant tortoise on the Galapagos Islands

Blinded by Sandstorms and infections, this woman waits for food distribution, Mali 1985.

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Refugees in Korem Camp, Ethiopia



There is a Bansky on view in SF and it’s Free

Destroy Capitalism

Capitalism has a reputation for commodification in many forms. When the public takes action to work against a capitalist society,the ideas and support generated are various and creative, hidden mostly in literature, academia and the arts.   An anonymous artist for over 20 years named Banksy  is popular for his graffiti work and prints that  usually have an anti – war, anti- capitalist viewpoint to provide and mock the current state of society as he sees it. Banksy has become one of the highest selling artists, and the most famous graffiti artist today through his controversial pieces spotted in city streets around the world. Since Banksy’s success as a street artist, his works have turned into profitable pieces that are sold for up to 7 figures to private clients which raises a  question  among common critics whether Banksy has become a part of the Capitalist system that his work is inspired to ridicule. Banksy is not a capitalist, but rather, his art has been commodified by capitalists.

Banksy is a stencil graffiti pop artist who’s identity goes unknown. Anyone can see Banksy’s stencil art, which enables him to reach a large audience and to make strong statements. City officials have the power to paint over works or allow them to stay. Even when his  art is destroyed, it draws attention to political issues. The drama that follows after his art have caused people all around the world to be mystified by evidence of his presence, and commodifying his art as valuable pieces to be  obtained. Art galleries and private sellers take advantage of this and when able to, sell his work for over hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Banksy made most of his money through a couple of documentaries, one, “Exit through the Gift Shop” which highlights the graffiti artist Mr. Brainwash and his rise to fame though pure hype shows Banksy’s attitude toward the commodification of an art form. In 2007, the day after Sotheby’s London sold three Banksy works, all of which soared above predicted values into the six figures, the elusive and anonymous British graffiti artist updated his website with an image of an auction house, the people in the room bidding on a picture with the written words “I Can’t Believe You Morons Actually Buy This Shit” (Rham).

Bansky’s work usually is done on buildings so that they can be seen by everyone and not be sold or stolen. Despite his original efforts to prevent his work from becoming commodified, art galleries continue to  excavate his work and auction pieces of his off. Sometimes they actually cut pieces out of the buildings that he paints on. Not all art galleries and exhibitions intend to sell his work, some, like the company 836M from San Francisco, do it purely to save his art from being destroyed or stolen so that it may be enjoyed by others for free. 836M started a Kickstarter campaign in order to fund the excavation and shipping of the Haight Street Rat that appeared 5 years ago over the Red Victorian Hotel. It is now publicly displayed through July at a San Francisco art gallery for free viewing (McWilliams).

His work and his stories are live examples of capitalism at work which is yet another statement and example of the society we live in today that he expresses through his art. Just like an activist on television or a teacher in a school, Banksy spreads the message of the perversion of capitalism and the rule of the commodity in our society today among other things.

Find the Haight Street Rat  on display at 836M Studio for free

Haight Street Rat Photo Courtesy of

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Gathering solid facts about Bansky is rather difficult, in fact, all of the assumptions about his work and his reasons could be false. I have been able to gather information from pieces of other articles and sources online and post the sources below.

Rahm, Danielle. Banksy: The $20 Million Graffiti Artist Who Doesn’t Want His Art To Be Worth Anything. 22 October 2013. Last accessed on 18 May 2015.

Author: unknown. Stencil Revolution. Last accessed on 18 May 2015

McWilliams, Molly. 18 December 2014. Last accessed on 18 May 2015