Born Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado Júnior in 1944 in Aimorés, Brazil, Sebastião Salgado is a distinguished Brazilian photojournalist and photographer. A trained economist with a Ph.D. from the University of Paris and an M.A. from São Paulo University, Salgado switched to photography in the early 1970s.
Salgado is a goodwill ambassador for the UNICEF and has won multiple accolades, including an award of the 1982 W. Eugene Smith Memorial Fund Grant. He has toured more than 120 countries for his photography endeavors, while some of his works have been featured in prominent books, magazines, and other press publications.