Do you know what Picasso said when he looked at my drawings in 1939? “You’re crazy, Brassai. You have a gold mine and you spend your time exploiting a salt mine!” The salt mine was – naturally – photography!
Brassai, dialogue with Photography by Paul Hill
For all Picasso’s cheeky sarcasm, the salt did Brassai no harm.
It is also clear that Picasso did not appreciate the importance of salt to humans, its impressive history and the size of the industry: worldwide production of salt is over 200 million tons.
Last year, I visited a fascinating salt mine in Hallstatt, Austria; still operational, and dating back to 5000BC.
It’s time for a weekly quotation-inspired image.
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Copyright Debbie Smyth, 17 April 2019