The Photo Ark, Capturing A Photo Of Every Animal On Earth

Joel Sartore is an award-winning photographer, speaker, author, conservationist, and the 2018 National Geographic Explorer of the Year.

Joel specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world. He is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year documentary project to save species and habitats by photographing every captive species on earth. He estimates there are around 15,000 in total, being cared for in zoos, aquariums and wildlife centres across the planet.

“For the first 17 years of my career at National Geographic I photographed about 30 stories. Many of them were conservation related, all photographed in the field. Lions in Uganda, wildlife in Mozambique or the American Deep South. But I didn’t see a lot of movement in terms of getting the public to care. And then my wife got breast cancer about 14 years ago. I was home for a year and had a chance to think about what I would do if she got better, which she did. I wanted to come up with a project that had more long-term impact, something I could concentrate on for the rest of my life. So I started going out and taking portraits of animals on black and white backgrounds so we can look them in the eye, and give people a sense of the beauty and intelligence there. And also to give all animals an equal say.”

“We don’t just want to be the world’s largest archive of studio quality photography and videos, but we also want the public to care about the extinction crisis, and to realise that as these other species move towards extinction – so could we.”

Source: The Telegraph

Credit: © Joel Sartoe / National Geographic / The Photo Ark

Credit: © Joel Sartoe / National Geographic / The Photo Ark

Credit: © Joel Sartoe / National Geographic / The Photo Ark

Credit: © Joel Sartoe / National Geographic / The Photo Ark

Credit: © Joel Sartoe / National Geographic / The Photo Ark