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"The International Center of Photography and Southampton Arts Center are thrilled to co-present the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition, featuring the compelling and visually stunning work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore. It will be on view from June 27 to September 8, 2019 at SAC. The exhibition will highlight Sartore’s images from his work in more than 250 zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers around the world.
Founded by Sartore in 2006, the National Geographic Photo Ark aims to document event species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. National Geographic is showcasing this important project through multiple platforms, including this exhibition, to inspire 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. 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.”
“Southampton Arts Center is excited and honored to partner with ICP and National Geographic to bring this important, timely and stunning exhibition to the East End,” said Tom Dunn, Executive Director, SAC. “We hope this show, which will also feature species native to New York and Long Island, will inspire our visitors to get involved to see what we can all save together.”
“As environmentally focused photography and conservation become increasingly important, ICP is thrilled to present Joel’s ambitious work in partnership with SAC, National Geographic and ICP Trustee Renee Harbers,” said Mark Lubell, Executive Director, ICP. “We are excited to engage with visitors as well as everyone around the world who is connected to the Photo Ark project via social media.”
Sartore estimates the completed National Geographic Photo Ark will include portraits of over 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 now includes more than 9,500 species, thanks in part to Sartore’s enduring relationships with many of the world’s 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. Peter’s Basilica in Rome."
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