WASHINGTON (Sept. 30, 2009)—A new outdoor exhibit at the National Geographic Museum, “National Geographic Image Collection,” will display rarely seen or previously unpublished highlights from the Society’s archive of more than 11.5 million photographs, drawn from a new book of the same name. More than 90 photographs will be displayed in newly installed lightboxes around the exterior of National Geographic’s headquarters building on 17th Street, N.W., in specially designed outdoor frames in the building courtyard, and in the museum’s Grosvenor Gallery. The exhibition, which runs from Oct. 1, 2009, through April 12, 2010, has been made possible with the generous support of Kodak.
The book “National Geographic Image Collection” (National Geographic Focal Point; ISBN: 978-1-4262-0503-3; $50; hardcover) will publish on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The 500-page book includes never-before-published images from the world’s greatest photographers, drawn from the National Geographic archive, one of the world’s finest and most extensive graphic resources. The book will allow readers for the first time to plumb the depths of this immense and ever-growing archive, from the earliest photographs collected in the 19th century to the cutting-edge work of today.
Among the exhibit’s 90-plus photographs will be works from some of National Geographic’s most celebrated photographers, including Jodi Cobb, Michael Yamashita, Luis Marden, James P. Blair, James L. Stanfield, William Albert Allard, Maynard Owen Williams and Michael Nichols, whose image graces the cover of the “National Geographic Image Collection” book. The photographs span more than 12 decades and a wide variety of subjects, including wildlife, world cultures, exploration and science.
On Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 7:30 p.m., in a lecture presented by National Geographic Live and Kodak at National Geographic headquarters, Chris Johns, National Geographic magazine Editor in Chief and award-winning wildlife photographer, and Image Collection’s vice president Maura Mulvihill will be joined by photographers Michael Yamashita, Maria Stenzel and David Doubilet as well as Kodak digital camera inventor Steve Sasson for an inside look at this remarkable photography trove. For more information, visit www.nglive.org.
The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Dec. 25. For information on the “National Geographic Image Collection” exhibit, the public should call (202) 857-7588 or visit www.ngmuseum.org.