'Salt of the Earth' captures photographer Sebastiao Salgado

December 12, 2014 1:08 PM

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When he looked over the edge of Brazil's massive Serra Pelada mine, about to take one of the 20th century's most iconic photographs, Sebastiao Salgado said, "every hair on my body stood on edge. The pyramids, Babel, the history of mankind unfolded. I had traveled to the dawn of time."

That panoramic shot of 50,000 men working without the aid of machinery in an enormous gold mining pit, each and every one of them "slaves to the cause of getting rich," is just one of hundreds of justifiably admired photographs that have made Salgado one of the most recognizable names in contemporar...

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