Ira Block

Photographer

Renowned documentary photographer Ira Block has produced more than 30 stories for National Geographic magazine, including coverage of Japanese samurai culture. 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 ships to dogsledding in the North Pole. During his North Pole trip, Ira lived with a Japanese explorer and his team for three months, an experience that bonded him to Japan and Japanese culture. Ira has taught photography to National Geographic student groups in Tokyo, London, and New York City.