A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Bruce Dale had over 50 photos published in local newspapers while in high school. He then worked for the Toledo Blade newspaper, before joining the National Geographic staff in 1964.
His work for the National Geographic took him to 75 countries, and resulted in over 2,000 published photos. Achievements like these once led the Washington Post to call him "a jewel in the crown of the National Geographic."
His many awards have come from institutions as diverse as the National Press Photographers, White House News Photographers Association, and the Smithsonian Institution. One of his photographs was placed on board NASA's Voyager Spacecraft, as information about planet Earth.
The topics for his work extend from warm human studies, to leading-edge technology, such as using pulsed laser photography to produce a hologram of an exploding crystal ball for the National Geographic's 100th Anniversary cover.
In 1994, Bruce Dale left the National Geographic to pursue a variety of journalistic, advertising, and personal work, and he also spends several weeks each year teaching.