Man on a Mission:
Building the Photo Ark
I’m Joel Sartore.
Ever wonder about those wildlife photographers who risk life and limb to get the perfect shot? That’s me. I’ve spent 25 years with National Geographic—and I’ve got the stories and scars to prove it. These days my focus is on the Photo Ark, the world’s largest collection of animal studio portraits. My goal is simple: to get the public to care and save species from extinction.
9585 species photographed for the Photo Ark
A modern-day Noah
1 porcupine named Piper on the cover of
4 times chased by grizzlies
300 talks given worldwide
2 spitting cobras found in camera gear
Joel is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year effort to photograph every species in human care around the globe.
On August 13, 2018 Los Angeles Magazine published this story about the upcoming Photo Ark exhibition at the Annenberg space for photography. “Opening on October 13, an exhibit based on Sartore’s project, known as the National Geographic Photo Ark, will open at the gallery, featuring 100 large-format photos of animals. They range from rare and endangered creatures…Get the Story