Sebastião Salgado

Brazilian, 1944–present

Salgado, born in 1944 in Minas Gerais, Brazil, is an award-winning photographer and nature lover and lives in Paris together with his wife Lélia Wanick Salgado, who produces and curates all his projects.

He fled political oppression in Brazil and, after studying economics, began working as a photographer in 1973 in Paris in affiliation with agencies such as Magnum until 1994. Together with Lélia Wanick Salgado, he then founded Amazonas images – today this structure is their studio. Since the 1990s, the couple have also worked together for rainforest restoration in Brazil and in 1998 managed to get a land area designated as a nature reserve and created Instituto Terra, dedicated to replanting, conservation and education in environmental issues.