Brazilian born photojournalist Sebastião Salgado has won just about every award, honour and medal available for his work highlighting the inner being of humankind, how economics and politics affect our lives and how we affect our planet. In a career spanning almost 50 years, Salgado has taken us all over the world, showing places seldom seen before. Always in powerful, breathtaking black and white photographs, from the most violent warzones to the most beautiful and untouched nature sceneries.
Salgado was originally trained as an economist, working for the International Coffe Organisation, before joining prestigious photo agencies Gamma and Magnum. Salgado has won many honors for his work, among them the Eugene Smith Award for Humanitarian Photography, two ICP Infinity Awards for Journalism, the Erna and Victor Hasselblad Award, and the Arles International Festival's prize for best photography book of the year for Workers. He is also a Unicef Goodwill Ambassador.
Together with his wife, Léila Dluiz Wanick, Salgado runs the ambitious project Instituto Terra which aims to save the Atlantic Forest. In 2014, filmmaker Wim Wenders and Salgado’s son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, released the documentary Salt of the Earth about the photographer.