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National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore

Exhibition presented by Southampton Arts Center and the International Center of Photography 

This exhibition is made possible by the Harbers Family Foundation and Renee Harbers and Chris Liddell.

Photo Ark is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society

On View June 27 – September 8, 2019

Gallery Hours: Thursday–Monday, 11 AM to 6 PM

July 4 Hours: 10 AM-2 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

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ICP Photographers Series

in conjunction with National Geographic Photo Ark

Thursdays, July 11, 18 & 25 | 7 PM | $15 ($12 for SAC & ICP Members)

Series featuring internationally renowned wildlife, conservation and climate photographers.

July 11: National Geographic Photographer Ami Vitale

July 18: New York Times Photographer Josh Haner

July 25: National Geographic Photographer Stephen Wilkes


Photo Ark Gallery Tours with Wildlife Experts

Saturdays, July 6 & 27 and August 10 & 31 | 11:30 AM | FREE

July 6: Cornell Cooperative Extension Marine Program

July 27: Evelyn Alexander Wildlife Rescue Foundation – with Animal Ambassadors

August 10: Dr. Scarlett Magda

August 31: Quogue Wildlife Refuge – with Animal Ambassadors



Create and Photograph Mini Animals with Sculpey Clay

with Ruby Jackson

Sundays, July 14 and August 11 | 2-5 PM | All Ages | $10


Birding and Photography with South Fork Natural History Museum

Birding with Frank Quevedo at the Long Pond Greenbelt Nature Center

Sunday, July 28 | 2 PM | Adults &Teens | FREE

Birding with Frank Quevedo – Shorebirds at Shinnecock Bay plus Wildlife Photography Instruction by Ken Grille

Saturday, August 10 | 10 AM | Adults & Children 8+ | Adults $20 (Children $15)

(Includes gallery admission at any time to SOFO and SAC)


Wildlife Sketching Workshop in the Galleries

with Scott Bluedorn – $20 ($15 for Friends of SAC)

Sunday, 7/28 | 11:30 AM: Kids 6-15

Sunday, 8/4 | 11:30 AM: Adults 16+


Photography Workshops with ICP Faculty Members:


Finding Your Personal Voice Through Photography

Instructed by ICP Faculty Bastienne Schmidt

Saturday, August 3 • 11 AM-2 PM: Portfolio Review

Sunday, August 4 • 11 AM-2 PM: Photoshoot in Southampton Village

$125 for 2-Day Intensive ($100 for SAC & ICP Members)

Photographing Beachscapes and Light

Instructed by ICP Faculty Lynn Saville

Saturday, August 17 • 4-6 PM • $50 ($45 for SAC & ICP Members)

Wildlife Portraits with Quogue Wildlife

Refuge Animal Ambassadors

Instructed by ICP Faculty Andy French

Monday, August 26 • 2-4 PM • $50 ($45 for SAC & ICP Members)

Workshops are for all levels. Bring your own camera.



Documentary Screening of

Artifishal: The Road to Extinction is Paved with Good Intentions (2019 | 83 min.)

Sunday, August 4 | 6 PM | $12 ($10 for Friends of SAC)



Storigami – Storytelling + Origami

with Shrikant Iyer

Thursdays, July 11 & August 8 | 5:15 PM | FREE


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.


Landing Page 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.

This Page: Top, A federally endangered Florida panther, Puma concolor coryi, at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. Bottom, a federally threatened koala, Phascolarctos cinereus, with her babies at the Australia
Zoo Wildlife Hospital.. © Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark


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National Geographic Photo Ark by Joel Sartore

Thursday Jun 27 - Sunday Sep 08

July 4 Hours: 10 AM-2 PM The International Center of Photography and Southampton Arts Center are thrilled to co-present the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition this summer, featuring the compelling and visually stunning work of National Geographic photographer and Fellow Joel Sartore. The exhibition will highlight Sartore’s images from his work in more than 250 zoos, aquariums and animal rescue centers around the world. This exhibition is made possible by the Harbers Family Foundation and Renee Harbers and Chris Liddell and is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society.

Kids Concert & Dance Party: Boogaloo Familia

04:30 pm, Thursday Jul 18

Boogaloo Familia is an interactive program that takes audiences of all ages on a bilingual journey through the history, musical styles, and worldwide cultural impact of Latin boogaloo, the 1960s music and dance craze from the streets of Spanish Harlem. Sing along! Shake it! Boogaloo until you drop!