Scientists estimate that at least 100 species go extinct each day. You never know what might be next.
In zoos, in private collections, and in the field with biologists around the world, Joel Sartore is trying to photograph as many species as he can by using a portable studio with black and white backgrounds. This black-and-white background technique gives all species equal weight and importance. A tiny beetle is as interesting as a lion, and a two-toed sloth as cuddly as a panda bear (see photos at left). The clean background, combined with nice light, allows the viewer to look every species in the eye, the window to the soul. I hope these portraits will connect with viewers and get them to understand that all creatures have at least a consciousness as well as a basic right to exist. www.joelsartore.com