Going up the Serra Pelada mine by Sebastiao Salgado (1986)

The photograph titled “Going up the Serra Pelada mine” was taken by artist SebastiĆ£o Salgado in Brazil, 1986. Salgado is known for his powerful black-and-white images that often document the lives and struggles of people in less privileged conditions.

The photograph itself depicts a gritty and intense scene of manual labor at the Serra Pelada mine in Brazil. It’s a close shot showcasing the lower halves of several men, creating an almost abstract pattern of limbs, muscles, and muddy clothing as they navigate what appears to be a difficult climb, likely slick with mud and debris. Their shoes and legs are caked with mud, highlighting the arduous conditions they endure. The angle and composition of the shot focus entirely on the effort and toil of the miners, creating a striking image of human endurance and the harsh realities of physical labor. The collective struggle and the synergy of their movements are palpable, evoking a sense of camaraderie and shared purpose among the miners.

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