Planting Hope: A Portrait of Photographer Sebastião Salgado (Hardcover)

Planting Hope: A Portrait of Photographer Sebastião Salgado By Philip Hoelzel, Renato Alarcão (Illustrator) Cover Image

Planting Hope: A Portrait of Photographer Sebastião Salgado (Hardcover)


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A gorgeously illustrated picture book biography about Brazilian photojournalist, humanitarian, and environmental advocate Sebastião Salgado.

As a young boy, Sebastião Salgado loved exploring his parents’ farm in the forests of Brazil, always dreaming of what might lie beyond his view. When he went away to school, he met Lélia, who showed him how to use a camera. As he looked through the lens, Sebastião realized he could use photography to capture how the world fits together.

Sebastião used his pictures to tell the stories of people who might not otherwise be seen. But after witnessing too much destruction, he put away his camera and returned to his childhood home. The land was in ruins.

So Sebastião and Lélia decided to rebuild the rainforest and photograph the beauty of the world to save it. Through art and activism, they would show that everyone was responsible for caring for the planet and that hope endures if we take action.
Philip Hoelzel is the author of Planting Hope. He was born and raised near Chicago but has lived in Santiago, Chile; Morelia, Mexico; and now Austin, Texas. Philip is trilingual and proud of it. He speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese, learning the last two languages so he could meet more people in this big, wide, wonderful world. His other interests include hiking and camping, watching baseball, and playing Brazilian percussion instruments. If you want to know more about Philip or his writing projects visit or @CotopaxiPhil.

Renato Alarcão has been passionate about drawing ever since he could hold a pencil. He lives in a coastal town across the bay from Rio de Janeiro with his wife, Rosa, and their two sons. Visit him at
Product Details ISBN: 9781534477650
ISBN-10: 1534477659
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: March 5th, 2024
Pages: 48
Language: English
* "Hoelzel’s lyrical text describes Salgado’s interconnected journey from photographer to environmental conservationist in this stunning picture-book biography...Alarcão’s visual representations are as bold as Salgado’s dreams."
Booklist, Starred Review

“Hoelzel explores the theme of humanity’s place within nature. The watercolor and pencil illustrations are lush and engrossing, and the many double-page illustrations create an immersive experience. An inspiring account for aspiring environmentalists and photographers."
— Kirkus Reviews