Exhibition presented by Southampton Arts Center and the International Center of Photography
Sponsored by Renee Harbers and Chris Liddell and the Harbers Family Foundation
Photo Ark is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society
On View June 27 – September 8, 2019
Public Opening Reception: Friday, June 28 from 6-8 PM
Gallery Hours: Thursday–Monday, 11 AM to 6 PM
Admission: $5 (Free for SAC/ICP Members & Children Under 12)
The interaction between animals and their environments is the engine that keeps the planet healthy. But for many species, time is running out. When you remove one, it affects us all.
The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats. Led by National Geographic photographer, Fellow, and 2018 Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year Joel Sartore, the project aims to document every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.
Joel Sartore started the National Geographic Photo Ark in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, more than a decade ago. Since then, Sartore, a world-renowned photographer, has visited 40 countries in his quest to create a photo archive of global biodiversity, which will feature portraits of more than 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Once completed, the Photo Ark will serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them.
To date, Joel has completed portraits of more than 9,000 species. No matter its size, each animal is treated with the same amount of affection and respect. The results are portraits that are not just stunningly beautiful, but intimate and moving. “It’s the eye contact that moves people,” Sartore explains. “It engages their feelings of compassion and a desire to help.”
This exhibition – National Geographic’s most popular traveling exhibition to-date – features over 100 iconic images and allows visitors to follow Sartore around the world on this exciting and important project. Guests will also have the opportunity to pose with virtual animals in an interactive photo booth.
More than 26,000 species worldwide are threatened with extinction. That’s why the National Geographic Society and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) have launched the National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE of Existence Fellowship program. Using a scientific framework to identify the world’s most Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species, the program builds conservation capacity in targeted regions across the globe to protect some of the most threatened, distinct and wonderful species on the planet by funding and training local conservationists. A selection of National Geographic’s Photo Ark species have been chosen as focal species that represent a unique and irreplaceable part of the world’s natural heritage. The first group of Fellows are working on the ground in Latin America, and National Geographic and ZSL are supporting a second group of Fellows who will focus on species in Asia. In 2019, the next cohort of Nat Geo Photo Ark EDGE Fellows will be selected from Africa. Learn more at NatGeoPhotoArk.org.
The National Geographic Photo Ark is a powerful tool to teach people of all ages about our planet’s amazing biodiversity and foster a real connection to Earth’s wildlife. The project engages students in the classroom through free educational materials and activities, and inspires the public through special exhibitions, books, TV specials, features in National Geographic magazine, and events around the world. An interactive digital experience allows people to engage with Photo Ark content on our website, explore animals in the collection, and share information about endangered species with their social networks.
See What We Can #SaveTogether
About the International Center of Photography
The International Center of Photography (ICP) is the world’s leading institution dedicated to photography and visual culture. Cornell Capa founded ICP in 1974 to preserve the legacy of “concerned photography”—the creation of socially and politically-minded images that have the potential to educate and change the world— and the center’s mission endures today, even as the photographic medium and imagemaking practices have evolved. Through its exhibitions, school, public programs, and community outreach, ICP offers an open forum for dialogue about the role that photographs, videos, and new media play in our society. To date, it has presented more than 700 exhibitions and offered thousands of classes at every level. For more information, visit www.icp.org.
About the National Geographic Society
The National Geographic Society is a leading nonprofit that invests in bold people and transformative ideas in the fields of exploration, scientific research, storytelling and education. It supports educators to ensure that the next generation is armed with geographic knowledge and global understanding. It aspires to create a community of change, advancing key insights about our planet and probing some of the most pressing scientific questions of our time. Its goal is measurable impact: furthering exploration and educating people around the world to inspire solutions for the greater good.
Image: An endangered baby Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, named Aurora, with her adoptive mother, Cheyenne, a Bornean/Sumatran cross, Pongo pygmaeus x abelii, at the Houston Zoo. © Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark.
Curated by Paton Miller, the now fifth year of this popular exhibition continues to celebrate 31 new artists including six teenagers and marks Southampton Arts Center as a home where the East End arts scene can continue to thrive. This exhibition has been made possible thanks, in part, to the generosity of Douglas Elliman Real Estate. Public funding provided by Suffolk County.
Meet the artists of East End Collected5 and EEC Jr. as well as Curator Paton Miller at our popular Thursday night social club, “Hangout.” Come view the new exhibition, socialize with the artists and members of the community, have a glass of wine, listen to music, play ping-pong and just hang out!