Ira Block@irablockphoto

National Geographic Photographer// Speaker// Workshop Leader// Sony Artisan// Baseball Fan

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Palm trees seen through some colorful netting on Sentosa Island, Singapore. @thephotosociety @natgeo -
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#sentosa #silosobeach beach #palmtrees #singapore #sonya7riii

Siloso Beach Resort Sentosa
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The setting sun gives a warm glow to the city of Barcelona, Spain viewed from the Sagrada Familia. @thephotosociety @natgeo .
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#barcelona #spain #catalonia #sunset #sonya7riii #sagradafamilia #antonigaudi

Barcelona, Spain
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A strike in Barcelona, Spain today protesting the jailing of Catalonia officials. The officials were arrested because of the Catalon secession votes.
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#Catalonia #spain #barcelonia #secsession #protest #sonya7riii

Plaça Sant Jaume
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Night falls on Park Güell in Barcelona, Spain. The park was designed by Antoni Gaudí and opened to the public in 1926. It was declared an UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Gaudí lived in a house in the park until his untimely death in 1926 when he was struck by a street car. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative.
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#parkgruell #barcelona #catalonia #spain #antoniogaudi #gaudi #sonya7riii

Park Güell
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The ceiling of the main floor at Casa Batlló in Barcelona, Spain. This is one of the famous architect Antoni Gaudí’s masterpieces. It was first built in 1877 and was redesigned in 1904. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative @tnttown1 .
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#AntoniGaudí #casabatlló #spain #barcelona #sonya7riii

Casa Batlló - Gaudí Barcelona
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Looks like we will be taking off from Seattle despite mother nature. @thephotosociety @natgeo. -
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#airport #travel #flightdelay #snow #waiting #sonya7riii #sonyalpha

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac)
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It does not look good for getting to Barcelona on time from Seattle - snow and ice. @thephotosociety @natgeo. -
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Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (Sea-Tac)
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Photo by @williamalbertallard
My dear friend and legendary photographer Bill Allard is having an instagram print sale to celebrate one of his iconic images. Bill is legendary “for his pioneering use of color photography to capture iconic images” for National Geographic Magazine. Here is what Bill wrote about this image: “Basque children running home,” my picture of two small girls scampering home to the call of their mother in the tiny French village of Behorleguy, is 50 years old this fall. To honor the anniversary of this picture which in large print form has sold for thousands of dollars, it is now available as a flash sale print for two weeks only at $100.00. The signed print is an archival ink jet image of 6” x 9” on an 8 ½” x 11” sheet of archival watercolor paper.” "In September and October of 1967 it was my very good fortune to be roaming the Pyreneese mountains to document the Basque country of Spain and France for National Geographic magazine. I celebrated my 30th birthday on the last day of that September in the French town of St Jeane Pied De Port, not far from where this picture was made. One late afternoon I was standing along the edge of a narrow and gently winding road leading to a village when I hear a woman’s voice calling. The sun had descended but soft light was reflecting down from the clouds, falling upon the road and in the distance, the white steeple of the village church. I then heard a faint sound approaching behind me and when I turned to look I saw two little girls answering their mother’s apparent call to come home. I raised my Leica and made two quickly framed exposures. When I saw the two pictures a month later upon my return home, one was a shaky blur, a failure. The other was this picture of two girls not running, not skipping, but seemingly floating in grace and innocence, returning to their village home. It is one of my most iconic images.”


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If you are in Seattle on Thursday November 2nd, come hear my presentation at the downtown Seattle Public Library at 6:30pm. I will be speaking about my Cuba Loves Baseball project. My prints will be exhibited until December 30th. The book will be published in April 2018 and is available pre-order on Amazon. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative @seattlepubliclibrary @cubalovesbaseball .
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#baseball #beisbol #seattle #seattlepubliclibrary ##cubalovesbaseball

The Seattle Public Library
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Looking down Seneca street in Seattle, Washington on a bright sunny day. A big difference from the rainstorms I encountered leaving New York. I will be doing a talk Thursday November 2nd to open my Cuban Baseball exhibit at the downtown @seattlepubliclibrary here in Seattle - please stop by, it is open to the public. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative
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#seattlepubliclibrary #seattle #street #shadows #traffic #sonya9 #sony100400gm

Seattle, Washington
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Getting ready for Halloween! Swathed in cloth and cotton seeds, an unearthed mummy of an Incan man wearing a feather headdress - a sign of high status - was found near Lima, Peru in a pre-Hispanic site known as Puruchuco-Huaquerones that dates back to 1438 - 1532. @thephotosociety @natgeocreative -
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From my archives - graves at a high status burial at the Moche temple known as El Brujo on Peru's north coast. In one of the graves was a tattooed female mummy who died in the early 20's around the year A.D. 450. She was buried with gold and weapons indicating her royal status. The other graves were those of her attendants, who I would assume made the ultimate sacrifice whether voluntarily or not! @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative
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#peru #archaeology #moche #mummy #burial #culture


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Waiting for a train in New Jersey. Having a camera with you - all the time - makes waiting an interesting experiemce.@thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative .
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#escalator #train #station #trainstation #waiting

Secaucus, New Jersey
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The Chouara Tannery in Fes, Morocco dates back to almost one thousand years old and is one of the largest and oldest leather tanneries in Fes. Workers will stand in these vessels tending to the hides as they are being dyed, which can take many days. This process is virtually unchanged since medieval times. @natgeo @nategeocreative @thephotosociety
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#fez #fes #morocco #tannery #dyes #work #medina #leather #hides #chouaratannery

Fez, Morocco
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Tea anyone? Offering tea in the Moroccan village of Khamila, founded in the 1950's near the Erg Chebbi, Sand dunes area of the Sahara in Morocco @thephotosociety
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#morocco #ergchebbi #merzouga #tea #khamlia #sahara #desert

Erg Chebbi
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This rainy day I found some very impressive little plantings here on the streets of New York. My walk home from the gym is always surprising - someone on 20th Street changes the flowers and plants around the trees every season. I love it😁 @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative -
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#chelsea #newyork #flowers #photooftheday #instagood #plants #coleus

Chelsea, Manhattan
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Getting a chance to cull through my Morocco images I found a colorful street in the Medina. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative .
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#fes #fez #morocco #medina #oldcity #instagood #street #streetphotography #sonyalpha #sonya9

Fez, Morocco
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Being back in New York City always presents surprising visuals. The most handsome horse of the NYPD I have ever seen, appears to be enjoying the New York bike lanes. Share the road! @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative .
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#horse #nypd #police #nypdfinest #nypdhorse #bikelane #photooftheday #manhattanlife

Chelsea, Manhattan
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It is great to be back home in New York - for awhile at least. Traveling is always a fantastic experience for photography but coming home gives me a chance to look at all the work I've been shooting and time to catch up with friends and family. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative .
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#newyork #worldtradecenter #1wtc #home #manhattan #dusk #twilight

One World Trade Center
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Nighttime at the busy shopping square Jemaa el-fnaa in the Medina of Marrakesh. Originally a local market it is now a must see tourist destination. Snake charmers, tooth pullers and local food stands are just some of the attractions. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative -
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#morocco #marrakesh #jemaaelfna #nightphotography #travel #photoftheday

Place Jemâa el-Fna
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Our thoughts are with the people of Puetro Rico. Hurricane Maria is the worst storm to hit the island since the 1930's with winds reaching 155 mph. @thephotosociety @natgeo #hurricaine #puertorico #storm #weather #elmorro

El Morro, Puerto Rico
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A young musician in the Moroccan village of Khamlia. This village is in the Erg Chebbi sand dunes area of the Sahara and was founded in the 1950's by families of Gnawa ancestry from central Africa. They have a great musical tradition and play their music for the tourists that make the long trip to visit the village. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative -
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#morocco #ergchebbi #merzouga #khamlia #gnawa #desert #sahara #sanddunes #music

Erg Chebbi
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A quiet moment in the sands of the Sahara desert for a Moroccan camelier. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative -
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#desert #sand #saharadesert #camels #morocco #camelier #merzouga #ergchebbi #photooftheday #nomad

Erg Chebbi
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Over the hump in Morocco's Sahara desert. Dromedary camels outfitted for riders make their way to a bivouac camp in the Erg Chebbi sand dunes. @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative -
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#morocco #ergchebbi #merzouga #camels #dromedary #desert #sahara #sanddunes #overthehump

Erg Chebbi Dunes
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The sun rises over the Atlas Mountains and wakes up the ancient Medina of Fes, Morocco. @thephotosociety @natgeo@natgeocreative
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#fes #fez #sunrise #morocco #medina #atlasmountains #instagood #photooftheday #sony100400

Fez, Morocco
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It's the 16th Anniversary of the tragic events of September 11. I photographed the Twin Towers of Light the first time they illuminated the New York skyline, March 2002, six months after the towers fell. The photo was taken from the Empire State Building while I was on assignment for the Nat Geo. To the left of the lights you can see the glow of Ground Zero where the recovery operation was still going on. I am posting this photo as a memorial to those who perished and a tribute to those who survived. #9/11 #twintowers #wtc #newyork #sept11  @thephotosociety @natgeo @natgeocreative


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