I’m a huge supporter of the idea that there should be an intent behind a photograph, in fact I went to far as to write a book about it. So when I see an example of a photo project that has a clear intent, and really delivers on it, I like to highlight it.
The goal of all this is to simply get the public to finally wake up and pay attention.
Joel Sartore (twitter) isn’t the sort of guy to do something half hearted. When he realised that there are nearly 6,000 different species of animal in the zoos of the world he decided to photograph, well, all of them. Sounds crazy, but thats the sort of dedication that brings about change in the world.
My goal was not to go where man had never before set foot, although untamed nature is usually to be found in pretty inaccessible places. I simply wanted to show nature at its best wherever I found it
With these words Sebastião Selgado introduces his latest work, Genesis. His stated intent is for it to be an “inspiring overview” of the planet Earth, as well as “a call to arms to protect it.”