Why This Photographer Took 12 Years To Shoot Coffee Growers Around The Globe

This photographer took 12 years to complete his latest project on what he calls “one of the most important products we trade in the world.”  It’s well worth the wait.

Sebastião Salgado, a renowned photographer from Brazil, partnered with Illy, the Italian coffeehouse, to document the world’s coffee-growers. A beautiful coffee table book, titled the Scent of a Dream: Travels in the World of Coffee, debuted earlier this year, featuring intimate images of coffee farmers from far corners of the globe: China, India, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and more.

Andrea Lilly , CEO of Illycaffe, visited Salgado at the Instituto Terra, a research center and reforestation program started by Salgado in his native Brazil, in 2002.  Illy quickly became a partner, trying to resurrect a seemingly dead swath of land into a thriving forest.  Lilly  was as interested in Salgado’s environmental pursuits as his artistic talent.

“When I first met with Salgado, I fell in love with his photographs and his story,” Lilly  writes in the forward of the book.  “His project became ours.  And ours became his: a project founded on a shared dream of respect for the environment and its people through the ideals of kindness, beauty, and justice.”

Shortly after their meeting, and discussion about sustainable coffee growing practices, Salgado took on the task of capturing the stories of these families in partnership with Illy.

Ready the full story at Forbes.com.

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Photo Courtesy of Subject. Book cover.

All photos credited to: (c) Sebastião Salgado/Amazonas Images

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