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About Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore an American photographer, speaker, author, teacher and has contributed to the National Geographic magazine for a very long time.

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  • You photograph your 5,000th species in the course of the film, a Persian leopard in Budapest. Are all 5,000 species endangered?
  • How do you go about finding the endangered species?
  • How does it feel to have the Photo Ark project documented in film? Will it help raise the profile of these endangered species even further?
  • Have you seen any impacts from your photography?
  • What are your thoughts on using Photoshop to alter the photographs?
  • Your body of work is such a diverse variety of subjects. Is there any genre or type of photography that gets you more excited than others?
  • How did growing up in a small town on the Nebraska plains enable you to connect with these places and people so effectively?
  • What has been your most memorable assignment for National Geographic Magazine and why?
  • Looking back on an experience like Madidi, do you have positive feelings or pride or was the whole thing just a utter nightmare?
  • After working with National Geographic for so long, what attributes or qualities do you think their photo editors look for in the images they select?
  • In your latest book, Rare, you photograph endangered animals all over the United States. What did you learn during this project and what do you hope others will gain from reading it?
  • Why should people care about these virtually unknown species that are on the brink of extinction?
  • What power does photojournalism have?
  • When did you start giving talks to the public? What motivated you to do so?
  • Scientists are more used to tell stories with figures and data analysis. How can we tell a story via photography?
  • What was the evolution of Photo Ark?
  • Initially, the Photo Ark project was a small initiative. How did it expand into such a big project?
  • What is the goal of Photo Ark?
  • How does Photo Ark inform the assignments you take on in the wild?
  • Any memorable project of yours?
  • What has been the greatest challenge or disappointment you have faced with this project?
  • What has been your greatest accomplishment with Photo Ark?
  • How can people who would like to help get involved with Photo Ark?
  • What sparked your passion for animals?
  • How are you inspiring people to take action and support Photo Ark?
  • Why do you think that zoos and aquariums are critically important to save the endangered species?
  • Is there anything the people can do to help save the endangered species?
  • You’ve photographed many animals. What are some of the most memorable?
  • What would you like to do after you finish photographing all of the animals for Photo Ark?
  • Share with us the creative process of a single animal’s studio photography session.
  • Has there been an encounter with an animal that has greatly impacted you?
  • What wildlife photography tips would you give?
  • What would you comment on the progress of Photo Ark? What is the difference between photographing wildlife in captivity and in the wild?
  • Why did you decide to use either black or white backgrounds?
  • What makes a great picture?
  • What makes you think you can save an animal species with a photo?
  • How can one become a National Geographic photographer?
  • Which is more challenging/rewarding? Studio work or location work?
  • What kind of camera should one buy?
  • Why do you do studio portraits?
  • Which species do you photograph?
  • What does a typical field setup of yours include?
  • What kind of camera equipment do you use?
  • What were your favourite and least favourite assignments?
  • How did you get interested in nature and the environment?
  • How can photography help the environment?
  • How does the National Geographic assignment process work?
  • Do you ever assist other photographers?
  • What’s a National Geographic photographer’s salary?

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