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Documenting the World’s Biodiversity one Animal at a Time

This summer the International Center of Photography (ICP) and the Southhampton Arts Center (SAC) will present the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition, which features the work of Joel Sartore. Highlighting Sartore’s animal portraits made in more than 250 zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers around the world, the show opens on June 27 at SAC.

The National Geographic Photo Ark currently includes more than 9,500 species. Sartore estimates the completed project will be comprised of over 12,000 species representing several animal classes such as birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. Once finished, the ark will be the world’s largest single archive of studio-quality photographs of biodiversity.

Founded by Sartore in 2006, the National Geographic Ark aims to document every species currently living in captivity, inspire action through education, and create an archival record that will benefit future generations. A platform for conservation, the project also shines a light on individuals and organizations working to preserve species globally. Fans are invited to join the conversation on social media with #SaveTogether and #PhotoArk.

“The National Geographic Photo Ark has already inspired millions around the world with the message that it is not too late to save some of the world’s most endangered species,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of Exhibitions, National Geographic Society. “Joel Sartore has demonstrated what one man can do using the power of photography—and now National Geographic wants to inspire people all over the world to contribute to this global challenge.”

National Geographic Photo Ark
By Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photographer and Fellow
Presented by ICP and SAC
June 27 – September 8, 2019
SAC, Southhampton NY

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