From Library Journal
This lovely yet disturbing book of black-and-white photographs takes viewers from a Brazilian gold mine, where men struggle with bags of dirt, to western Africa, where starving people haunt the desert landscape. As unsettling as the photographs are, they are each tempered by the sensitive, caring eye of the photographer. Aptly titled, the collection as a whole confronts us with the most fundamental question: What place do humans have on this planet? In each photograph we see what a thin line separates hope and despair. Salgado is one of the world's finest documentary photographers, and this selection of his photographs is highly recommended.- Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, Ill.
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"[Sebastião Salgado] shows us that concealed within the pain of living and the tragedy of the dying there is a potent magic, a luminous mystery that redeems the human adventure in the world." --Eduardo Galeano, from the Introduction