José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer (BS in Physics, Univ. of Puerto Rico; PhD in Astronomy, Univ. of Michigan), photographer, visual artist, and public speaker who creates multimedia works that communicate science in engaging ways. As the co-founder of KV 265, a non-profit science and arts organization, he collaborates with orchestras, composers, and musicians to present films that provoke curiosity and a sense of wonder about the Earth and the Universe.
His Science & Symphony films have been presented in more than 100 concerts and have reached a combined audience of more than 250,000 people in concert halls and educational institutions spanning 45 cities in 15 countries. He has presented these works with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the San Francisco Symphony, and the Orchestra Teatro Regio Torino, among other orchestras.
As an experimental photographer, Salgado has visited more than 30 scientific sites around the world and has contributed visuals to documentaries produced for the History, Discovery, BBC, and National Geographic channels. As a public speaker, he has given presentations about science and art in all seven continents, including a presentation at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station.