Best known for his photographs of endangered species, Joel Sartore wields his camera in the effort to conserve natural spaces and the habitats they support. Sartore will bring that perspective to Olympia on Friday when he gives a presentation, “Grizzlies, Piranhas and Flesh-Eating Pigs,” as the first in the three-part National Geographic Live series.
A favorite among National Geographic presenters, Sartore’s entertaining presentation blends humor with his conservation messages and award-winning photography of wildlife and the places they inhabit, said a news release.
Sartore has had more than 30 stories published in National Geographic magazine. Among them was his March 2000 cover story – “Madidi: Will Bolivia Drown Its New National Park?” – that helped convince the Bolivian government to abandon its plans to build a large hydroelectric dam that would have submerged a large portion of pristine forest.
Other issues he has covered include the collision of big oil, wild creatures and native populations in the largest remaining U.S. wilderness on Alaska’s North Slope.
A longtime resident of Nebraska, Sartore began shooting for the National Geographic Society as a freelancer in 1991. His work also has appeared in Audubon, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Time and numerous book projects including the Day in the Life series.
In his program, Sartore shares what he has learned the hard way, that there’s a lot more to it than just capturing amazing places and cultures, there’s also a chance things can go terribly wrong, and they often do. He will shares an intimate and humorous look at what could be the best – and worst – job in the world as he plays expedition leader, psychologist, medic and coach, as well as photographer, on expeditions with National Geographic.
The program will be from 7:30-9:15 p.m. at the Washington Center for Performing Arts, 512 Washington St. SE, Olympia.
Tickets are $9-$26 and are available at olytix.org or the Center at 360-753-8586. REI members can pick up a two-for-one ticket coupon at the Olympia REI store.
Other National Geographic Live events on the center’s schedule are “Searching for Genghis Khan” by Albert Yu-Min Lin on Jan. 25 and “Uncovering Hidden Worlds” by Jodi Cobb on March 29.