Rubén Salgado Escudero was born in Madrid, Spain. He lived in the United States throughout his teenage years, graduating from the Savannah College of Art and Design and later lived 10 years in Berlin, Germany. In 2014 he began an on-going project Solar Portraits which has gained support and has been published by National Geographic Magazine, Time, El Pais Semanal, Spiegel, and the United Nations.

Rubén's works have been exhibited and sold in over 20 cities including New York, London, Tokyo and at the Les Rencontres d'Arles Festival in France. He is a member of The Photo Society, a community of National Geographic Magazine photographers.

Rubén has taught in educational workshops internationally including New York, Tokyo, and Yangon. He has participated in portfolio reviews at various photography festivals including Les Rencontres d'Arles and the Angkor Photo Festival.

As an experienced lecturer, Rubén has given a TedX Talk in Beijing, various talks worldwide for National Geographic Learning, and at institutions such as Museo Soumaya and the Sony Gallery in New York City.

Editorial Clientele

National Geographic Magazine


The New York Times

The Wall Street Journal


Al Jazeera-America

Die Zeit


The Guardian

Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin

El Pais Semanal

Leica LFI

Vrij Nederland

We Demain


Neuer Zürcher Zeitung (NZZ)


Business Punk Magazine


Suomen Kuvalehti

Maailman Kuvalehti


Toronto Star

The Independent

Sveriges Natur

British Journal of Photography

Dummy Magazin

View Magazin

World Energy Magazine

Arena Homme+ Korea

Humanitarian Clientele

European Union


UN Habitat


Islamic Relief



Pact Myanmar


Solar Sisters