Salgado on coffee
Sebastião Salgado’s latest coffee-table book has just been published in English, and it’s all about coffee!
“It is perhaps an odd thing for a Brazilian to admit, but I never drink coffee,” confesses Sebastião Salgado. “And yet it runs through my veins.” The famed photojournalist’s latest project chronicles the lives and the locales of coffee producers around the world. This latest portfolio is particularly personal to Salgado, and not just because his homeland is the world’s biggest producer of coffee.
“My earliest memories are linked to coffee. As the only boy among eight children, I would accompany my father in his truck to collect coffee beans for milling, and would frequently stay over with young friends on coffee farms in the region,” Salgado reminisces in his introduction to the 320-page book, The Scent of a Dream. “Without noticing, I came to understand the numerous steps that turn a coffee cherry into a cup of coffee.”
But even when he became an economist and moved to Europe, Salgado still couldn’t kick the coffee connection, writing his doctoral thesis on the supply and demand for the commodity in Paris, and then taking a job with the International Coffee Organization in London. It was here that he began to take pictures on his travels of the world’s coffee growers with a camera
Coffee pickers at Finca La Hilda on the slopes of the Poás Volcano, San José region, Costa Rica, 2013