National geographic Magazine, known for their exceptional photography and stirring articles, has chosen the 50 Greatest Photographs from all of the millions they accumulated throughout their 125 years (1888) in business.
Whether the photographers climbed a mountain or traveled into the wilderness, their photographs captured the “feeling” of that moment. These photographs allow the readers to experience the culture, the customs and the people in remote locations in foreign countries. The daring photographers travel to places which most people would never have the opportunity to see.
These famous pictures are so vivid, deeply emotional and at times surprisingly dramatic as they tell a story without words.
With startling depth, the exhibit provides the public a front-seat to the world’s photographic treasures.
Some of the photographs in the exhibit include:
The simple scene of “Pears in a Window” becomes much more when you look out at Moscow’s historic buildings.
The perspective creates a unique look at “Camels Crossing the Sahara Desert”. The photographer might have stood at a high plateau or took the picture in a helicopter or one-engine plane.
The “Cowboys Branding Cattle” looked real as though you were there.
The “Lion in the Kalahari Dessert” was a surprise to see a lion in a desert instead of a jungle.
A horse driven open carriage looked
The snow was a great contrast to the walls around Windsor Castle with a horse drawn open carriage in front.
The oldest image on show is William Allard’s 1967 shot of the Basque countryside. The newest were shot in 2009 and include Lynsey Addario’s Afghan women in blue, Michael Nichols’ redwood tree, Paolo Pellegrin’s Dead Sea and Wes Skiles’ caves in the Bahamas.
These are the world’s most remembered and celebrated photos and also include Nick Nichols’ image of Jane Goodall and her chimpanzees.
In addition to seeing the photographs as they appeared in the magazine, you can learn the stories behind the photos and more about the photographers.
Choosing only 50 of all of the fabulous photographs from their library must have been an enormous task. Every year 1.5 million photographs are submitted to their magazine with only 1,000 actually used during the year.
Now the photo editors of the magazine with its global circulation of 8 million in 36 languages have curated the 50 greatest from 50,000 published in the last 50 years.
The exhibit was created for display in Tokyo, Mexico, Mongolia, and Las Vegas.
The National Geographic Greatest Photographs Exhibit is at the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery in The Venetian Resort for a limited engagement. Visit daily between 9:30 a.m. –7:00 p.m. Last ticket sold at 6:00 p.m. For information, call 414-9000. www.venetian.com