Joel specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving. He is the founder of The Photo Ark, a multi-year documentary project to save species and habitat.
In his words, “It is folly to think that we can destroy one species and ecosystem after another and not affect humanity. When we save species, we’re saving ourselves.”
Joel has produced many books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky, Let’s Be Reasonable, The Photo Ark, Birds of the Photo Ark and Vanishing. His most recent book, Wonders, is now available as well.
In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Joel has contributed to
Audubon Magazine, The New York Times, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated and
numerous book projects. Joel and his work are the subjects of many national broadcasts including 60 Minutes, the Today Show, Fresh Air with Terry Gross, the CBS Sunday Morning Show and believe it or not, the daytime soap opera, General Hospital. You may have also seen him on National Geographic’s Explorer, the NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Weekend Edition, an hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range, and a contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show. He is also featured in a three-part series on PBS titled: RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark and a continuation of that series on NatGeo Wild.
Joel is always happy to return to home base from his travels around the world. He lives inLincoln, Nebraska, with his wife Kathy and their three children.
- Grizzlies, Piranhas and Flesh-eating Pigs
Experience what it's like to be on assignment for the world's greatest magazine in some of Earth's most amazing places. Joel Sartore has learned the hard way that there's a lot more to it than just visualizing, then capturing amazing places, wildlife and cultures. Joel shares a lively, intimate and humorous look at what could be the best -- and worst -- job in the world.
- Grounded: A Reflection on the Use of Life and Land
When his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer photographer Joel Sartore knew that it was time to stay home for a while. He reconnected with his family and with why he takes pictures in the first place. In each life there is the potential for a positive change, and realizing it often starts very simply.
- Photo Ark Series
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is a man on a mission: To photograph every captive species on Earth for the Photo Arc. Nine years in and counting, he’s nearing the halfway point with literally thousands of species on board so far. Go behind the scenes with Joel as he travels around the most toxic, outrageous, colorful and simply beautiful. Things can go wrong, and often do, but getting up close and personal is what it’s all about. From hilarious to poignant, you’ll get the inside scoop on favorites like pandas, tigers and elephants, as well as animals that are on the very brink of extinction.