Joel Sartore

In my photojournalism class we talked about a freelance photographer for National Geographic named Joel Sartore.

Sartore worked on a project about the great state of Nebraska in 1996, in 1998 National Geographic published the piece.

The interesting thing about working for National Geographic, I thought, is that the photographers go first.

What I mean is that in news papers the reporter goes out and gets the story and then the photographer is told what to shoot accordingly.

At National Geographic, photographers go out and find the things to shoot.

About half way through they go to what is called a Halfway Show, where the photographer comes in and shows the editor and the rest of the team at the magazine what they have been working on and then the rest begins.

During his time in Nebraska, Sartore spent about 40 percent of his time on research alone. He found teenagers working in the corn fields, demolition derbis’ and went to the Pioneer Day parade.

After his pictures were put out in the magazine National Geographic decided to make them into a book, later he had another set of pictures made into a book about endangered species.

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One response to “Joel Sartore

  1. I met Joel Sartore in the early 1990s while he was working on a project in northeastern California. I was working for a small newspaper in rural northeastern California at the time.
    What I saw of his work was excellent. I remember him as very easy-going and non pretentious — quite the opposite of most in the media who’d appear in our neck of the woods because they were working on some “big” story for readers in metropolitan markets. Sartore shot images at a high school basketball game in a town most people likely have never heard of.
    Every time I get the opportunity to come across images he’s made I’m reminded of the brief opportunity I had to meet him.

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