A National Geographic photographer will accompany each workshop departure to share photographic techniques, knowledge, and insights. Listed below are some of the photographers and the departure date(s) they will be joining.
Bob Sacha is an award-winning photographer, multimedia producer, documentary filmmaker, editor, and teacher who first made his name as a magazine photojournalist. A contributing photographer at National Geographic magazine, Bob covered assignments around the world, from New Orleans and New York City to China and Easter Island. Last year Bob shot the video for the Guardian US team project that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, a National Emmy for New Approaches to News and Documentary Programming, a Webby, and the first gold medal ever given by the Society for News Design. He teamed up with Blue Chalk as the director of photography for the New York Times series, “Living City,” about New York’s infrastructure. BlindSight, a documentary short about a group of blind photographers that he directed and shot had its world premiere at DocNYC, the country’s largest documentary festival. Based in New York, Bob is currently the Tow Professor for Visual Journalism at the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, a J school with the soul of a Silicon Valley startup, He also lectures and mentors students at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism as well as in workshops across the globe.
For more than 30 years, Ira Block has been covering assignments around the world for National Geographic—in locations as diverse as Africa, the Australian outback, the Gobi Desert, Siberia, the North Pole, Greenland, and Baffin Island. The subject matter of Ira's photographs is as varied as the destinations stamped in his passport. Some of his assignments include "The Samurai Way" and "Race to Save Incan Mummies." From gold coins retrieved from Havana's sunken treasure ships to the largest discovered T-Rex dinosaur, to a lost Confederate submarine, Ira's lens continues to capture and document amazing stories from around the globe. His images of New York City, his hometown, were featured in National Geographic magazine articles highlighting the city in September 2002 and December 2005.
Based in the New York City area, photographer Stephanie Sinclair is known for gaining unique access to the most sensitive gender and human rights issues around the world. Her decade-long project on child marriage, Too Young to Wed, has earned global recognition, including three World Press Photo awards and prestigious exhibitions on Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and at the Whitney Biennial in New York. Stephanie is a regular contributor to National Geographic, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Stern, GEO, and Marie Claire, among others. She is also one of 11 featured photographers in the National Geographic book and traveling exhibition, Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment, which profiles the lives and work of important photojournalists and goes behind the lens of their individual assignments.