Workers: Archaeology of the Industrial Age

Workers: Archaeology of the Industrial Age


By (photographer) Sebastiao Salgado

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  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 400 pages
  • Dimensions: 250mm x 330mm x 30mm | 2,740g
  • Publication date: 1 June 1998
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0714837180
  • ISBN 13: 9780714837185
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 350 duotone photographs
  • Sales rank: 261,892

Product description

This book is a global epic that transcends mere image-making to become an affirmation of the enduring spirit of working women and men. Sebastiao 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, Workers ultimately delivers a dynamic message of endurance and hope through an aestheticism that is instantly arresting, irrespective of time and place.

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Author information

Sebastiao 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.

Review quote

'A vast and beautiful anthology of the condition of labour.' (Guardian) 'A magnificent book.' (Sunday Times)

Table of contents

Agriculture (sugarcane, tea, tobacco, cocoa, perfume); food (fishing, tuna fishing, slaughterhouse); industry (textiles, bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, automobiles, shipyards, shipbreaking, titanium and magnesium, lead, steel, railroads, iron ore); mining (coal, sulphur, gold); oil (oil, oil wells); construction (Eurotunnel, the Sander Sarovar Dam and Irrigation Canal, Rajasthan Canal).