Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Age. Photographs by Sebastião Salgado. Collaborative text by Salgado with Eric Nepomuceno, Maria Thereza, and José Solano Bastos. Eastman Kodak/Aperture, New York, 1993. 400 pp. Thick folio. SIGNED on half-title page. Stiff flexi-boards in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Caption booklet laid in. 350 duotone reproductions
Workers presents its subjects on several interactive levels: Salgado's introductory text expands his passionate photographic iconography, and extended captions, also written by Salgado, provide a historical and factual framework. Evoking the monumentality of Baroque sculpture, images of oil-fire fighters extinguishing Kuwaiti wells are informed by data detailing this perilous venture. Heroic photographs of Cuban and Brazilian peasants harvesting sugarcane are enriched by an overview of the history of the sugar trade, which documents centuries of colonialist exploitation. On the eve of the millennium, Workers serves as anelegy for the passing of traditional methods of labor and production. Yet its ultimate message is one of endurance and hope: entire Indian families serve as construction crews to build a dam that will bring life to their land, and laborers using contemporary technology connect England and France through Eurotunnel. Honoring the timeless and indomitable spirit of the manual laborer, Workers renders the human condition with honesty and respect.
Lightly rubbed jacket with trace of wear to upper edges; otherwise Fine+/Fine.