Sebastião Ribeiro Salgado is a renowned Brazilian photographer and photojournalist, but a lot of people don’t know that he and his wife, Lélia, are responsible for one of history’s most impressive environmental restoration projects. For the last 20 years, this dynamic duo has almost completely recovered a section of the Atlantic Forest by planting 2.7 million saplings over the last 20 years. But not only did the reforestation project bring a seemingly lifeless piece of land back to life, but it saw the return of a wide array of animal life to the area thanks to these two amazing people.
The experience really haunted him, so he actually looked forward to returning home to Minas Gerais, Brazil in 1994. He hoped to find comfort among the lush green forest he had grown up seeing.