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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC PHOTO ARK BY JOEL SARTORE

Exhibit closing March 19


"Photo Ark" is a multiyear National Geographic project with a simple goal -- to create portraits of the world's species before they disappear and to inspire people everywhere to care. The exhibit highlights a sampling of the more than 5,000 species that comprise Sartore's Photo Ark collection to date. Sartore said he believes making studio portraits on clean black-and-white backgrounds levels the playing field for all creatures large and small.
Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, 25-year contributor to National Geographic magazine and a National Geographic fellow. He has traveled to every continent and specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes.

"Every year, I see more habitat loss, more species consumed for food, medicine or simply decoration," he said. "The Photo Ark was born out of desperation to halt, or at least slow, the loss of global biodiversity."

The photographs establish a visual connection between imperiled animals and people around the world who can help protect them.