Joel Salcido is originally from El Paso, Texas. In 1980, he graduated from the University of Texas-El Paso with a Bachelor of Arts and worked as a staff photographer for ten years at the El Paso Times. His awards include the Dorrance D. Roderick Distinguished Service Award for a special section on the Tarahumara Indians in Mexico (1985), the Best of Show award from the New Mexico Associated Press Managing Editors in 1990 for a special project titled “Spooks,” a section dealing with the inhalant abuse problem in El Paso and Juarez, Mexico, and first place honors from the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors Association for documenting the political and social transitions in Cuba, the last Communist stronghold (1991). In 1999, Salcido moved with his family to Spain to study fine-art photography, which is where the Millennium series was created. Salcido currently is an editorial and fine art photographer and produces work for galleries and publications such as USA Today, Texas Monthly and Texas Highways. He lives and works in Austin.