The traveling National Geographic exhibition, National Geographic Photo Ark, opens at the Bruce Museum
in Greenwich, CT, on June 2, 2018. Featuring the work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore, the exhibition will be on display until September 2, 2018.
The National Geographic Photo Ark is an ambitious project committed to documenting every species in the worlds zoos and wildlife sanctuariesinspiring people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations. In addition to creating an archival record for generations to come, this project is a hopeful platform for conservation and shines a light on individuals and organizations working to preserve species around the world.
National Geographic is showcasing this important project through multiple platforms, including the traveling National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition organized by the National Geographic Society and Omahas Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
Sartore estimates the completed National Geographic Photo Ark will include portraits of more than 12,000 species representing several animal classes, including birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates. In what will be the largest single archive of studio-quality photographs of biodiversity ever, the National Geographic Photo Ark continues to move toward its goal of documenting these species in captivity, thanks in part to Sartores enduring relationships with many of the worlds zoos and aquariums. These iconic portraits have captured the imagination of people around the world and have even been projected on the Empire State Building and St. Peters Basilica in Rome.
The Photo Ark exhibition at the Bruce will highlight more than 50 of Sartore's most compelling images and provide visitors with the unique opportunity to come face to face with animals from the National Geographic Photo Ark. Sartore has worked in more than 250 zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers around the world. To date, he has completed intimate portraits of nearly 8,000 species.
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 worlds most endangered species, says Kathryn Keane, Vice President of Exhibitions, National Geographic Society. Joel Sartore has demonstrated what one man can do using the power of photographyand now National Geographic wants to inspire people all over the country to contribute to this global challenge.
"These images are by turns breathtaking, amusing, and poignant, says Dr. Daniel Ksepka, Curator of Science at the Bruce Museum. We hope visitors will both enjoy the splendor of nature's diversity and leave with an appreciation of how many of these species are imperiled. We live in an era when 8,000 vertebrate species are considered to be threatened with extinction, and perhaps looking these creatures in the face will create a sense of urgency for conservation."
The exhibition is accompanied by two National Geographic books, The Photo Ark (National Geographic Books; $35), Birds of the Photo Ark (National Geographic Books, $30), and a childrens book, Animal Ark (National Geographic Kids Books; $15.99). National Geographic Photo Ark fans are also invited to join the conversation on social media with #SaveTogether and learn more about how to get involved with the project at NatGeoPhotoArk.org. The PBS documentary Rare: Creatures of The Photo Ark, a production of WGBH Boston and So World Media, LLC in association with National Geographic Channels, debuted in July 2017 and is now available for streaming online at pbs.org/wgbh/rare.