This photojournalistic work is Sebastiao Salgado's archaeological document of the activities that have defined labour from the Iron Age through the Industrial Revolution to the present. He pays homage to those who do manual labour sometimes in the toughest conditions.
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.