Photographer Builds A ‘Photo Ark’ For 6,500 Animal Species And Counting

National Geographic contributing photographer Joel Sartore is 11 years into a 25-year endeavor to document every captive animal species in the world using studio lighting and black-and-white backgrounds. So far, he’s photographed 6,500 different species, which leaves approximately 6,000 to go.

Sartore tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross that presenting the animals in the studio, rather than in nature, gives them equal importance in the eye of the viewer. “A mouse is every bit as glorious as an elephant, and a tiger beetle is every bit as big and important as a tiger,” he says. “It’s a great equalizer.”

Sartore chronicles his project in the new photography book, The Photo Ark. The ultimate goal of his project is to help ensure that the future existence of his subjects, many of which are either endangered or on the verge of extinction.

“I’ve been a National Geographic photographer for 27 years, and I photographed the first 15 years or so out in the wild doing different conservation stories, on wolves, on grizzly bears, on koalas all in the wild — and can I say that moved the needle enough to stop the extinction crisis? No, no it did not,” Sartore says. “So I just figured maybe very simple portraits lit exquisitely so you can see the beauty and the color, looking animals directly in the eye with no distractions would be the way to do it.”

Photo: Arctic fox by Joel Sartore / National Geographic 

I know this is an unpopular opinion but I don’t care

I love Assassin’s Creed Revelations

I love Sofia Sartor and how smart and resourceful she is
I love how bright and sunny Constantinople is
I love how dark and mysterious the puzzles are
I love Yusuf Tazim
I love an aging Ezio Auditore with gray hair and a gray beard
I love the beautiful market places and people
I love the hook and blade
I love the suspense of not knowing if Desmond is gonna make it out
I love Yusuf Tazim
I love how Ezio slowly learns more and more about Altair
I love the skyline filled with mosques and ships
I love Yusuf Tazim


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You are the other side of me. You are my love , you are my sister, you are my brother. You are the important person in my life.
Pictures made by me :)

I am a teacher... of a kind
Sofia Sartor/Ezio Auditore
I am a teacher... of a kind

Sofia: It is a good likeness, don’t you think?

Ezio: I prefer the original.

Sofia: This was a gift from my father for my twenty-eight birthday. I had to sit for Messer (Mister) Albrecht Dürer for a full week. Can you imagine? Me sitting still for seven days? Doing nothing?

Ezio: I cannot.

Sofia: Una tortura! (Torture!) So, I found you another book location. And it is not far from here actually.

Ezio: Grazie. (Thank you.)

Sofia: Ezio, what is this all about? You are not a scholar, that much is clear. Do you work for the church?

Ezio: Not the church, no. But I am a teacher… of a kind. I will explain one day, Sofia. When I can.

Assassin’s Creed Revelations was released 5 years ago today.

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