Ira Block


Ira Block is an internationally renowned documentary photographer, lecturer, and workshop leader who has produced over 30 stories for National Geographic magazine. He began shooting for National Geographic in the mid 1970s, and later worked with both Traveler and Adventure magazines. His photographic subjects are as varied as the destinations stamped in his passport—from dinosaurs in the Gobi Desert to gold coins retrieved from Havana's sunken treasure ships; from Incan mummies in Peru to the North Pole by dog sled; and from the Samurai culture of Japan to the Native Americans of the southwestern United States. Ira’s lens continues to capture and document amazing stories from around the globe, and he has also published photographic books, most recently Cuba Loves Baseball: A Photographic Journey. Over the years, he has taught photography for National Geographic Expeditions in New York City, London, Mongolia, Bhutan, Cuba, Nepal, and Tibet. Ira was featured as one of 12 photographers in the National Geographic Masters of Photography online course, which gives a behind-the-scenes look at their techniques and work, and his images can be seen on Instagram, where he has over 348,000 followers. Ira enjoys inspiring others to expand their photographic vision.