Joel Sartore is on a mission to capture the world’s species
“It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re actually saving ourselves.” – Joel Sartore
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to capture portraits of the world’s species before they disappear. With ingenuity, wit, and a serious Midwestern work ethic, Sartore has created the Photo Ark project, the largest archive of its kind with nearly 5,000 images and counting. Hear about his comical mishaps, endearing encounters, and personal stories while documenting a world worth saving at Harbison Theatre on Tuesday, March 14 at 7:30 PM.
Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, and a 20-year contributor to National Geographic magazine. Sartore’s assignments have taken him to every continent and to the world’s most beautiful and challenging environments, from the High Arctic to the Antarctic. His interest in nature started in childhood, when he learned about the very last passenger pigeon from one of his mother’s Time-Life picture books.
He has since been chased by a wide variety of species, including wolves, grizzlies, musk oxen, lions, elephants, and polar bears. His first National Geographic assignments introduced him to nature photography and allowed him to see human impact on the environment first-hand. Sartore has authored several books, including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, and Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky. In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Sartore has contributed to Audubon Magazine, Geo, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, and numerous book projects.
Sartore and his work have been the subjects of several national broadcasts, including National Geographic’s “Explorer,” NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Weekend Edition, and an hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range. He was also a contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show with Charles Osgood. He is always happy to return from his travels around the world to his home in Lincoln, Nebraska, where he lives with his wife Kathy and their three children.
The Photo Ark project is Sartore’s latest work, and has been featured on iconic structures around the globe. Projected on places like the United Nations Building, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Empire State Building, and more; his photos aren’t just meant to be viewed on a magazine page – but experienced with drama. “Experts say that half the world’s plant and animal species are now threatened with extinction. My job is to get you to look at them in a new way,” says Sartore.
On why Sartore would resonate with Midlands audiences, Harbison Theatre Executive Director Katie Fox explains, “We’re excited to host National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore because his Photo Ark campaign combines art, ecology and social science. He helps us better understand our impact on the world, positive and negative. His talk will captivate learners of all ages.”