WASHINGTON (Dec. 29, 2010)—A new photography exhibition, “Beyond the Story: National Geographic Unpublished,” opens at the National Geographic Museum this week. The exhibition showcases some of the thousands of images that were shot for 2010 National Geographic magazine stories, but did not make it to the published pages.
On display will be nearly 50 photographs made by 15 photographers for 15 stories in the magazine. They cover topics as varied as Asia’s disappearing glaciers, contemporary South Africa, the fight to save the Jordan River and the struggles of modern Afghan women. The exhibition is open through June 12, 2011, in the museum’s M Street gallery.
In the course of a year, more than 1.5 million images are taken by National Geographic magazine photographers around the world. The photographers return from each assignment with thousands of photographs, and together with the magazine’s photo editors, they embark on the painstaking process of winnowing them down to a mere handful for publication. As only about a dozen photos appear in each National Geographic article, many images never get the spotlight they deserve.
Among the images in the exhibition are those from two award-winning stories from 2010. For his work in the January story “Asia’s Wildlife Trade,” Mark Leong was named wildlife photojournalist of the year by BBC Wildlife Magazine and the London Natural History Museum. Photos from Stephanie Sinclair’s February story “The Polygamists” won the Visa d’Or feature award at the annual Visa Pour l’Image photojournalism festival Perpignan, France. Other featured photographers include James Nachtwey, Jonas Bendiksen, Michael Yamashita, Shaul Schwarz, Pascal Maitre, Paolo Pellegrin, Alex Webb, Randy Olson, Michael Melford and Lynn Johnson.
On Jan. 11, 2011, at 7:30 p.m., National Geographic Live will present a look inside the process of image selection with “National Geographic Unpublished: Photographs Left on the Editing Room Floor.” Four photographers whose work is featured in the exhibition will discuss their work: Lynsey Addario, a MacArthur grantee who has captured images of Afghan women; Jim Richardson, whose evocative landscapes include the Hebrides and other locations; Fritz Hoffmann, who has been photographing China for 16 years, 13 as a resident photojournalist in Shanghai; and Lynn Johnson, whose compelling images from Ethiopia and Kenya tell the story of “water slaves,” individuals, mostly women, who must go to great lengths daily to obtain fresh water.
The National Geographic Live evening will be moderated by Kurt Mutchler, National Geographic magazine’s executive editor for photography. Tickets are $18 for the general public and $16 for National Geographic members. They are available online at nglive.org, by phone at (202) 857-7700 or in person at the National Geographic ticket office between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is closed Dec. 25. For more information on the exhibition, the public should call (202) 857-7588 or visitwww.ngmuseum.org.