Vale is to be the location for a documentary about the career of the photographer Sebastião Salgado

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Vale is to be the location for a documentary about the career of the photographer Sebastião Salgado


Vale’s Espírito Santo unit became a film location this February for the documentary “A Sombra e a Luz” (“The Shadow and the Light”), which narrates the career of Sebastião Salgado. Salgado, one of the most highly respected photographers in the world and a native of Minas Gerais, joined the German filmmaker Win Wenders to film images for the documentary on board one of the port’s tugboats.

This is Salgado and Wenders’ second visit to Vale. In August 2012, they filmed on the pier at the Tubarão Iron Ore Terminal. At the time, Salgado reminisced about when he moved to Vitória in the 1960s and used to watch the coming and going of the ships.

While finishes his documentary, Salgado prepares the world launch of the Genesis exhibition, a work that brings together the images captured by the photographer in various parts of the world that are untouched by civilization. The images were taken from 2004 onwards, and will be exhibited in different cities across the world, starting with the Natural History Museum in London where the exhibition is due to open on April 9. A book containing the photos from the project will also be published. Salgado’s trips, and some of the exhibitions around the world are sponsored by Vale.

Between filming, Salgado spoke about the partnerships that he has formed with Vale for the recuperation of river sources and natural ecosystems in the region of Vale do Rio Doce in Minas Gerais and for his Genesis project.

You came here to collect images for the documentary about your life. How is your work coming along?
The filming is practically finished, and the shooting on the pier at Tubarão is the last part. My son Juliano, who is Wim’s partner in this film, is already in Berlin putting the material together. The film should be out in Brazil in September.

You are heading the Terra Institute, the entity that is seeking to reconstruct the forest ecosystem in the Vale do Rio Doce region. How did your relationship with the environment begin?
It started when Lélia, my wife, president of the Terra institute, and I acquired a completely abandoned old farm and started searching for a specialist to carry out a recuperation project for the property, which is the Terra Institute as we know it today.

Vale supports the institute’s actions on reforestation and the recuperation of river sources. How important is the support of our company?
I have always had a very close relationship with Vale. The company is a huge partner on all levels. To recuperate the whole area within the institute’s grounds we need to plant 2.5 million trees, and we have already planted almost 2 million. The first 500,000 saplings came from the plant nursery at the Vale Natural Reserve in Linhares. Today we are working together on the recuperation of river sources. We now have a new project, which aims to recuperate all of the 600,000 sources of the Doce River. It is estimated that it will take over 30 years to recuperate the entire river.

Vale is recognized for the support it offers to cultural endeavours and has many partnerships that provide exhibitions, festivals, etc. How do you view this kind of contribution from the private sector that is aimed towards the cultural development of our country?
I think it is extremely important. Vale is our main partner in the Genesis project. We are going to launch a book in April and we plan to open exhibitions in London, Toronto, Rome and Rio de Janeiro. These will be four identical exhibitions and they will be fixed worldwide, including in Brazil via the Rouanet Law. I think that this kind of effort is very important for Brazil. This law is a great incentive towards culture in our country.


Vale is to be the location for a documentary about the career of the photographer Sebastião Salgado