Register | Login


In the early 1980s, Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado travelled to the mines of Serra Pelada, some 430 kilometers south of the mouth of the Amazon River, where a notorious gold rush was in progress. A few years earlier, a child had found a 6-grams nugget of gold in the banks of a local river, triggering one of the biggest race for gold in modern history. Motivated by the dream of getting rich quickly, tens of thousands of miners descended into the site swarming like ants in the vast open-air pit they had carved into the landscape. Salgado took some of the most haunting pictures of the workers there, highlighting the hazardous conditions in which they worked and the sheer madness and chaos of the operation.

serra-pelada-1

Photo credit: Sebastião Salgado

Read more »
© Amusing Planet, 2016.


Loading...

Amy Jackson  Arts for India The Golden Gala in London
Amy Jackson Arts for India The Golden Gala in London
Priyanka Chopra Looks Fab In This 1 Simple Pantsuit
Priyanka Chopra Looks Fab In This 1 Simple Pantsuit
Jamestown The First English Settlement in America
Jamestown The First English Settlement in America
Mudflat Hiking in The Wadden Sea
Mudflat Hiking in The Wadden Sea
Magdalen The Island of Shipwreck Survivors
Magdalen The Island of Shipwreck Survivors
The Hanging Houses of Cuenca
The Hanging Houses of Cuenca
The Melbourne Building With A Face
The Melbourne Building With A Face
Priyanka Chopra  Baywatch Promoshoot 2017
Priyanka Chopra Baywatch Promoshoot 2017