I wanted to go to Tanzania in East Africa to photograph the migration for this “Day to Night” image. I had no idea of the incredible challenge that lay ahead of me. How would I capture the changing of time with wild animals instead of my usual focus on more human elements? Photographing people is somewhat predictable, as we’re likeminded creatures of habit. In capturing the varied species of the Serengeti, I knew I’d be relying more heavily on luck—much more than I would like to. This became even more evident when I arrived in Tanzania and learned I was in the midst of a five-week dry spell, which meant the migration patterns were even more unpredictable than usual. After weeks of scouting, I discovered a watering hole that would be an ideal location for the image. For 26 consecutive hours, I would remain with my assistants hidden in a crocodile blind. We were 18 feet above the ground, capturing these competitive species coming together and sharing this one sacred resource- water. On Thursday (7/25 ), I will be at the @SouthamptonArtsCenter for ICP Talks. Join me for more insight into my work. — @StephenWilkes
July 20, 1969 🚀 Man on the Moon 👨🚀 Today marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Neil Armstrong photographed Buzz Aldrin with a fully customized Hasselblad camera. 🌕 📷NASA/Neil Armstrong #Apollo50th
The inspiration for this image was the 100th anniversary of the National Parks. Getting this view required the most challenging setup I have had— I was literally on top of the Tunnel, about 40 feet high. The slightest misstep could have toppled the camera over the edge. Once the shoot began, my focus was solely on the ebb and flow of light within the valley and humanity in the foreground. We captured long night exposures to take advantage of the beautiful moonlight bathing the face of El Capitan. In the moonlight shadows, you can find a few illuminated tents of climbers braving an overnight stay on the rocks. As the lighting on the landscape transformed throughout the day, I was constantly scanning the scene looking for significant moments. This photograph was the impetus for the @NatGeo grant to continue a series on the National Parks, to create awareness of the Parks and the importance of preserving their natural habitats. Stop by the @SouthamptonArtsCenter on Thursday, July 25 for ICP Talks. I’ll be giving an illustrated talk about my work. — @StephenWilkes
Hello, my name is Stephen Wilkes! I work in three areas of photography- fine art, editorial, and commercial, as well as being a @NatGeo contributor. Throughout the next few days, I will be posting photographs to coincide with my upcoming ICP Talks at the @SouthamptonArtsCenter on July 25, 2019. I hope you can join me there! The “Day to Night” series began in 2009. From a fixed camera angle, I capture fleeting moments of humanity and nature as light passes in front of the lens. I shoot thousands of images through day and night, then digitally blend a select group to create a seamless composite image. This image, titled “Central Park Snow, Day to Night,” was photographed from a high floor in an apartment on Fifth Avenue. I always shoot form a high perspective and love the view of Central Park from this apartment. The snowstorm in 2010 was quite unusual, as the snow/ice didn’t melt and stayed on the trees from morning through night. We cleared several feet of snow off the terrace just so I could set up my camera to photograph this magical scene. Shooting in New York is particularly special to me, as it’s my home and has always captivated me visually. — @StephenWilkes
Since 2015, @JoshHaner has worked across the globe documenting the pressing and wide-ranging realities of climate change. Combining dramatic drone footage with the intimacy of still photographs from the ground, his work is an intricate exploration of the many consequences resulting from a warming world – starkly illuminating the ultimate legacy of climate change: the loss of our planet’s vast heritage. Join Josh tomorrow at the @SouthamptonArtsCenter for the second installment of ICP Talks. Held in conjunction with @NatGeo Photo Ark, co-presented by ICP and the Southampton Arts Center. 📷 Grand Prismatic Spring, Yellowstone National Park. October 2018
I arrived at the Coffey Park neighborhood of Santa Rosa, California the day after a fire raged through. In just this one subdivision, almost a square mile of homes had disappeared. There was a thickness in the air that caused the sun to shine through with a more orange glow than normal. I wore a mask but my exposed eyes burned from the smoke. Police blockades and downed power lines made most access points off-limits, so with my drone in a backpack, I rode my bicycle around to explore. I had to constantly monitor the expanding temporary flight restrictions to find a location where I could legally launch my drone. With my compositions I wanted to give a sense of the geography of this planned community—the cul-de-sacs, and geometric layout of the roads, and the sheer vastness of the devastation. With aerial photography, I try to make photos late in the day when the long shadows cast by the sun show height and scale. But in this image, the only shadows that remain are from the trees that withstood this fast-moving fire. I was on deadline and only had one hour to bike around, find a location, fly my drone, make photographs and video and transmit my photos to make a deadline. I’ll be at the @SouthamptonArtsCenter on Thursday, July 18 giving an illustrated talk for ICP’s Talks series. — @JoshHaner
Late in the day, I was leaving town to photograph a sunset over the one road that connects the Isle de Jean Charles to the mainland. There I came upon three-year-old Amiya Brunet sitting on the bridge that leads to her home. I spoke with her father who brought me inside and gave me a tour of their elevated home—it has a large hole cut into the floor of the bedroom so that mud can drain out after one of the many floods that invariably happen each year. Amiya’s parents would like to relocate off of the island. A $48 million grant to this town is the first allocation of federal tax dollars to move an entire community struggling with the effects of climate change. The story of Isle de Jean Charles can be a bellwether as more and more communities around the world struggle to make this most difficult decision – should they stay and face the increasing effects of climate change, or should they uproot their lives and move away from their homes. Scientists estimate that by 2050, between 50 million and 200 million people could be displaced because of climate change. Amiya is one of them. On Thursday (7/18 ), I’ll be at the @SouthamptonArtsCenter for ICP Talks. — @JoshHaner
After reading about Lake Poopó drying up—Bolivia’s second largest lake—we went to investigate. It’s not an easy place to visit, a 7+ hour drive from La Paz and then you travel along dirt roads into a giant desolate expanse. It took multiple visits and meetings before the community allowed us to tell their story. We had to explain why a New York newspaper wanted to interview them, and that I wanted to bring a drone – which we translated as a “flying camera” into their community. When we returned months later to report, I went to scout the lake. It was late in the day and using an app that tracks the sun’s movement, I realized I needed to return at sunrise because the composition I wanted was backlit against the evening sun. That next morning, the drone’s compass had problems with the mineral content of the salty ground, so I had to construct an elevated platform to use as a launching pad. At over 12,000 feet above sea level, the drone’s motors struggled with the thin air. Its movements were jerky and unpredictable. Overcast skies cost me another few days. After multiple failed attempts over the course of a week, everything finally came together. At dawn, I carried my drone in one hand and the platform in the other while the mayor of the town drove me on the back of his motorcycle and posed for a portrait in front of an abandoned boat. Join me at the @SouthamptonArtsCenter on Thursday, July 18 for ICP Talks. — @JoshHaner
“You don’t have to go looking for pictures. The material is generous. You go out and the pictures are staring at you.” 👤 Lee Friedlander was born on this day in 1934. 👤 📷 New York City, 1966 #ICPCollections
I went to Greenland to photograph a visit by a United States diplomat, but by the end of the week my editor had killed that story and I found myself flying a drone across the second largest ice sheet in the world under the light of the midnight sun. Sometimes you have to pivot when a better story appears. As luck would have it, on my flight, I sat next to a scientist researching how much water is melting off the surface of Greenland’s ice sheet. It sounded like a visual story that could help illuminate the great lengths researchers go through to get data on climate change. I spent many days that week at the local airport weighing in with my equipment, waiting for a helicopter flight to the researcher’s camp that had room for my drone and I. Finally space opened up and I flew to their camp. Working on the ice sheet is dangerous. When approaching meltwater rivers, you have to wear a climbing harness and tether onto a guideline to protect you from being swept away if you were to fall. This was the first time I had flown a drone on assignment and it was nerve-wracking working in that harsh environment, with freezing temperatures, gusts of wind, and batteries only lasting 8 minutes. Stop by the @SouthamptonArtsCenter on Thursday, July 18 for ICP Talks. I’ll be giving an illustrated talk about my work. — @JoshHaner
A portrait of Frida outside her studio—by Martin Munkacsi. 📷🌵 The iconic artist passed away on this day 65 years ago. 📷Martin Munkacsi, [Frida Kahlo with cacti, Mexico City], 1933 #ICPCollections
Hello, this is @JoshHaner and I’m honored to share photographs here on @ICP 's Instagram. Join me next Thursday (7/18 ) for an illustrated talk at the @SouthamptonArtsCenter For the last four years, I have covered climate change for The @NYTimes While working on a series about climate migrants and refugees, I took a boat to the island of North Tarawa in Kiribati to meet a pastor whose sermons address climate change. With few places to stay on the island, I camped outdoors under the thatched overhang of the church’s pavilion. That evening I met Tabwena Kaokatekai who is working on a project to slow coastal erosion. She invited me to meet her the next morning during low tide. A little after sunrise we walked to the edge of the island. The water had receded from the previous day’s high tide and a row of tiny plants formed a line in the sand. As she cleaned algae off the roots of the saplings, Tabwena told me that she and 9 other women in town had transplanted cuttings from nearby mangrove trees to form a wall. As I watched her tend to these small saplings, she told me, “I don’t want my land to be lost to the sea.” To me, this image shows a small community’s resilience and serves as a reminder that even one person can make a difference as our world attempts to adapt to a changing climate.
"Joseph Wachira ( @wachira joseph ), 26, comforts Sudan, the last living male Northern White Rhino left on this planet moments before he passed away March 19, 2018 in northern Kenya. Sudan lived a long, healthy life at the conservancy after he was brought to Kenya from @safariparkdvurkralove in the #Czechrepublic in 2009. ⠀ ⠀ To watch the last of something die is something I hope never to experience again but Sudan was surrounded by love, together with the people who committed their lives to protecting him. If there is any meaning in his death, it's that Sudan can be our final wake up call. The @unitednations is predicting that unless we change our course, one million more plants and animals will go extinct. Witnessing the last of something leave the earth a million times over may be more than my heart can stand and may be more than our fragile ecosystem can bear. In a world of 7 billion, we need to start recognizing that we are not separate from nature. When we see ourselves as part of the landscape and part of nature, then saving nature is really about saving ourselves. Nature needs us now. Get involved. Use your voice. Every choice we make has a profound impact. Don't sit this one out. ⠀ ⠀ Learn from, support and engage @conservationorg @nature_org @nature_africa and the many other conservation organizations around the world working to build a future in which we can live in harmony with nature. We still have time, but we must act now." — Ami Vitale⠀ ⠀ Join us for an illustrated talk at the @SouthamptonArtsCenter on Thursday (7/11 ) with Ami Vitale. Held in conjunction with National Geographic Photo Ark, ICP and SAC are co-presenting talks with environment and conservation photographers during the month of July. 📷 Photo by @amivitale ⠀ ⠀ @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection #DontLetThemDisappear #WorthMoreAlive #savenature #LastManStanding #SudanForever #OlPejetaRhinos #NorthernWhiteRhinos #protectrhinos #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #natureisspeaking #amivitale
"An orphaned baby reticulated giraffe embraces @sararacamp wildlife keeper Lekupania. This giraffe will be rehabilitated and return to the wild, as a number of others have done before him. This was one of those moments where you could see how clearly the stewards of this land, the indigenous Samburu warriors of northern Kenya, care for the wildlife they share the land with. Currently, giraffe are undergoing what is being termed a silent extinction. Estimates are that giraffe populations across Africa have dropped nearly 40 percent in three decades, plummeting from approximately 155,000 in the late 1980s to under 100,000 today. The decline is thought to be caused by habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching, but because there haven't been long term conservation efforts in the past, it's hard to know exactly what is happening. Reticulated giraffe themselves number fewer than 16,000 individuals. Scientists are now undertaking major studies to better understand why giraffe are disappearing and what can be done to stop it. Empowering communities like the Samburu will be crucial to saving these and other iconic species around the world. Follow @doconnor16 @giraffe_conservation @sdzsafaripark to learn more." Stop by the @SouthhamptonArtsCenter on Thursday, July 11 for an illustrated talk with Ami Vitale. Held in conjunction with National Geographic Photo Ark, co-presented by ICP and the Southampton Arts Center. 📷 Photo by @amivitale @conservationorg @sararacamp @kenyawildlifeservice @thephotosociety @natgeo @r.e.s.c.u.e #protectgiraffes #DontLetThemDisappear #giraffe #giraffes #savegiraffes #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #natureisspeaking #conservation #amivitale
"Mary Lengees, a Reteti Elephant Sanctuary ( @r.e.s.c.u.e ) keeper, caresses Suyian, the first resident of @r.e.s.c.u.e in northern Kenya. Mary is one of the first indigenous Samburu women elephant keepers in all of Africa. Traditionally in Kenya, women marry young and are meant to care for their children and homes. Although women had never been keepers before, the community has embraced them and the new program. Today, @r.e.s.c.u.e has 7 women keepers. The community is excited to hear what these women have accomplished, and rush to them when they return home to learn news of each of the elephants in their care. What’s happening at Reteti, without fanfare, is nothing less than the beginnings of a transformation in the way humans relate to wild animals. This oasis where orphans grow up, learning to be wild so that one day they can rejoin their herds, is as much about the people as it is about elephants. I have had the privilege to witness the growth of Reteti since its opening almost three years ago. In this inspiring model for conservation, local communities and women are empowered. Conservation International ( @conservationorg ) is working to replicate its success around the world. As a storyteller, it is vital to show not just the challenges we face but also solutions to those problems. We need to be reminded of what we can all achieve and that there is always a way forward." Join us at the @SouthamptonArtsCenter on Thursday, July 11 for an illustrated talk with Ami Vitale. 📷 Photo by @AmiVitale @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #protectelephants #bekindtoelephants #DontLetThemDisappear #elephants #saveelephants #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
"Ye Ye, a 16-year-old giant panda, lounges in a wild enclosure at a conservation center in Wolong Nature Reserve, managed by the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. Her name, whose characters represent Japan and China, celebrates the friendship between the two nations. Ye Ye’s cub Hua Yan (Pretty Girl ) is being trained for release into the wild. In a region where bad environmental news is common, the giant panda might prove to be the exception and is a testament to the perseverance and efforts of Chinese scientists and conservationists. By breeding and releasing pandas, augmenting existing populations and protecting habitat, they are on their way to successfully saving their most famous ambassador and in the process putting the wild back into an icon. I spent more than three years following this inspiring story, even dressing like a panda in a suit scented with panda urine to get close to these captivating creatures and show what it possible when conservationists and governments work together to help restore endangered species. One month after we published this story, in September 2016, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature made a huge announcement: the giant panda, previously listed as an endangered species, had been downgraded from endangered to vulnerable." — Ami Vitale — On Thursday (7/11 ), @AmiVitale will be joining us at @SouthamptonArtsCenter for the ICP Talks series. 📷 Photo by AmiVitale @natgeo @natgeoimagecollection @thephotosociety #panda #pandas #babypanda #pandamonium #ipanda #giantpanda #pandacub #endangered #china #conservation #savetheplanet #natureisspeaking #amivitale
“The crowd came later, according to Weegee, who wanted a photo that showed some beach and not too many people. The masked man said he was a laundry man, but would only be photographed incognito. The mask is a gag of his; he calls himself the Spider, and likes to frighten people.” PM, July 5, 1942 #FlashbackFriday 📷 Weegee, [Crowd at Coney Island beach, Brooklyn], 1942 #ICPCollections
The ICP Talks series at @SouthamptonArtsCenter kicks off on Thursday, July 11 with @AmiVitale ! "In 2014, I witnessed this extraordinary moment when a group of young Samburu warriors, a nomadic pastoralist tribe that lives in northern Kenya, touch an orphaned black rhino for the first time in their lives at Lewa Wildlife Conservancy ( @lewa_wildlife ). Most of these young men had never even seen a photo of a rhino and only heard stories about them. If you went back 50 years, this is where one of the densest populations of black rhinos lived but today, most people living here have never seen a rhino, despite it being the most perfect habitat for them. In two generations, this animal was poached almost to extinction. Ninety-eight percent of their population is gone. With only 5,500 black rhinos left in the world, every life is precious. The young warriors from Northern Rangelands Trust ( @nrt_kenya ) community conservancies had been visiting to learn about conservation practices such as sustainable land use, grazing programs and endangered species conservation. Indigenous communities are the front lines of the poaching wars. This was one of my first introductions to the bonds many indigenous communities have with the wildlife they share the land with. I saw clearly what this connection means to them and to all of us and I continue to be inspired by the incredible work of The Nature Conservancy in Africa ( @nature_africa ), @nrt_kenya and @lewa_wildlife They understand that these communities hold the key to saving Africa's great animals." 📷 Photo by Ami Vitale @thephotosociety @natgeo @magicalkenya #protectrhinos #DontLetThemDisappear #rhinos #saverhinos #stoppoaching #kenya #northernkenya #magicalkenya #whyilovekenya #africa #everydayafrica #photojournalism #amivitale
“This woman explained to me that the flagpole over her door was broken but on a day like this one keeps one’s flag over one’s heart. In her I felt a touch of the strength of American pioneers." Henri Cartier-Bresson photographed Cape Cod Woman on the #FourthOfJuly in 1947. 📷Henri Cartier-Bresson, Massachusetts, 1947 #ICPCollections ( @MagnumPhotos )
Capa & Taro — seen through the lens of Fred Stein. Stein was born on this day in 1909. 📷Fred Stein, [Gerda Taro and Robert Capa, Cafe de Dome, Paris], 1936 #ICPCollections
“Seeing is not enough; you have to feel what you photograph.” André Kertész captured the poetry of urban life. He was one of the most important photographers of the twentieth century. Kertész was born on this day in 1894. #ICPCollections 📷The Circus, Budapest, 1920
Beginning in July at the @SouthamptonArtsCenter , we're having a series of illustrated talks with influential conservation, environmental, and climate photographers in conjunction with National Geographic Photo Ark. July 11: @AmiVitale , @NatGeo Photographer July 18: @JoshHaner , @NYTimes Photographer July 25: @StephenWilkes , Fine Art and National Geographic Photographer Buy Tickets: Link in Bio 📷 Ami Vitale, Man with rhino.
“In the summer of 2013, I participated in ‘A Different Kind of Order,’ ICP’s fourth triennial. My contribution was an installation in the exhibition space and a series of performances in the Times Square neighborhood that surrounded the museum. Over a series of weekends, I adopted the persona of Victorya Spectre, a friendly spirit who haunted the streets and former locations of adult theaters and bookstores in Times Square. Victorya’s pilgrimage moved between sites like the former home of the Adonis Theater on 8th Avenue and Peep World on 42nd Street; sites that marked my own sexual awakening in the 1970’s and that harkened back to a more freewheeling time in New York’s history. I wanted Victorya’s “hauntings” to reflect on ICP’s role as a repository of queer histories, as well as to be a presence of non-corporate eccentricity within the bright and shiny tourist-friendly Times Square of today.” — @NaylandwBlake (ICP-Bard MFA Chair ) #Pride
Happy Pride from the International Center of Photography here in New York City! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜 Getting the Rolleiflex camera ready for the #NYCPrideMarch
World-renowned @NatGeo photographer @JoelSartore is on a quest to document the world's animals. To date, he's photographed 9,000 species—and counting. The National Geographic Photo Ark is now on view at the @SouthamptonArtsCenter ! Join us for the opening party tomorrow night. 📷A federally endangered Florida panther, Puma concolor coryi, at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
This postcard, produced for a nine-day nationwide protest in May 1988, was one of Gran Fury's earliest designs. The nationally-based AIDS Coalition to Network, Organize, and Win called for the demonstrations, but left decisions about the focus of the protests to local AIDS groups. One of the events organized by ACT UP was a same-sex kiss-in, meant as a challenge to homophobia. Gran Fury made a number of different posters, postcards, and T-shirts to publicize the spring action, including this photograph of two females kissing. A year later, the same image would be paired with the text: "Kissing Doesn't Kill: Greed and Indifference Do." 📷 Gran Fury, Read My Lips (girls ), 1988 #ICPCollections
"I was taking photographs like mad, running out of film as night fell. The very last photo was the best. Framed in my viewfinder was the symbol of that America youth: a flower held before a row of Bayonets.” Marc Riboud's ability to communicate with sensitivity the experience of daily life under extreme political circumstances has been widely celebrated. He was born on this day in St-Genis-Laval, France (1923 ). 📷 Marc Riboud, [Anti-Vietnam war demonstration, Washington], 1967 #ICPCollections ( @MagnumPhotos )
"'It Is A Miracle That You Are Standing Here' is a series of intimate and powerful portraits by American artist John William Murphy. An inspiration behind this work was the artist’s discovery of a leaflet that had been distributed at a New York City #Pride March in 1990. The anonymous document outlined the importance of uplifting queer narratives, and included a line that Murphy found particularly poignant: “we are the most endangered species.” Murphy then set out to create imagery he wished he had seen while he was growing up, during which he, like so many others, felt he was the only queer person in the world. Works from the series were shown at ICP in a pop-up exhibition curated by the @ForFreedoms that took its title – 'It Is A Miracle That We Are Standing Here' – from Murphy’s work." — Ava Hess, ICP Exhibitions Department Manager
More than 26,000 species worldwide are threatened with extinction. The @NatGeo Photo Ark, led by world-renowned photographer @JoelSartore aims to document every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. To date, Joel has completed portraits of more than 9,000 species. “It’s the eye contact that moves people,” says Sartore. “It engages their feelings of compassion and a desire to help.” The exhibition opens in ONE WEEK at @SouthamptonArtsCenter (6/27 )! And don’t forget to join us for the free public opening reception on Friday (6/28 ). Tap the link in our bio for more. #SaveTogether 📷 A federally threatened koala, Phascolarctos cinereus, with her babies at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital.