Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Age

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Phaidon, 2002 - Photography - 399 pages

This book is a global epic that transcends mere image-making to become an affirmation of the enduring spirit of working women and men. Sebastião Salgado unearths layers of visual information to reveal the ceaseless human activity at the core of modern civilization.

With extended captions by the photographer providing a historical and factual framework for the images, the book is divided into six essential chapters: Agriculture, Food, Mining, Industry, Oil and Construction.

Though an elegy for the passing of traditional methods of labour and production, Workersultimately delivers a dynamic message of endurance and hope through an aestheticism that is instantly arresting, irrespective of time and place.

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About the author (2002)

Sebastião Salgado (b.1944) is one of the leading photojournalists working today. Born in Brazil and trained as an economist, his political activities led to his exile in the late 1960s. He has received many awards, including the W Eugene Smith Grant in Humanistic Photography, and his many books have been published to great acclaim. He is currently based in Paris.

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