Ira documents isolated and remote cultures. Specializing in how current events and global development are impacting remote peoples and cultures around the world. Focusing on the Pamir, Karakoram, Himalaya, Taklimakan and Arctic regions. Ira also documents reconciliation efforts in areas of conflict, and helped write the conflict reconciliation curriculum for an organization in Jerusalem.
Born and raised in Alaska, Ira’s first love were the mountains and he currently bases himself in the mountain regions of Asia giving him easy access to the areas he is passionate about working in. Living abroad in remote areas since 2004, Ira has a unique understanding and depth of different cultures and languages.
Ira has photographed corporate CEOs and unknown mountain nomads. He loves the diversity life has to offer, and enjoys sharing about his experiences through photography education and tours, private coaching, and speaking engagements. Ira has also been helping NGOs tell their stories for over two decades.
“I love connecting with people, everywhere. That’s the real reason for the camera. It’s a conduit to meeting new people and engaging in their way of life. There are so many amazing stories everywhere if we’re willing to look. If you want to share your story or need help telling it contact me anytime here.”
Ira has documented people and events in the Middle East, Himalaya, Pamir and Karakoram Ranges, The Silk Road, Central Asia, Taklimakan and Gobi Deserts, Siberia, North Korea, The Caribbean, North and South America, Africa and Europe.
Ira has also led tours in China, India, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, North & South America and Africa.