WASHINGTON (Feb. 15, 2012)—A new photography exhibition, “Beyond the Story: National Geographic Unpublished,” will be on display at the National Geographic Museum’s M Street gallery from Thursday, Feb. 23, through Sunday, July 29. The free exhibition features a selection of the thousands of stunning yet unpublished photographs made for National Geographic magazine last year. National Geographic was named 2011 National Magazine of the Year by the American Society of Magazine Editors.
The exhibition will showcase nearly 60 images by 27 photographers for 29 stories that were featured in the magazine in 2011. They include unpublished images by Stephanie Sinclair of child brides, Joel Sartore’s pictures of Africa’s Albertine Rift and Massimo Vitali’s photographs of Rome from the magazine’s yearlong series on global population. Images from award-winning photographers such as Steve Winter, Lynsey Addario, John Stanmeyer, David Liittschwager and Randy Olson also will be featured in the exhibition.
Over the course of a year, more than 1.5 million images are made by National Geographic photographers for magazine stories — thousands for each assignment. The photographers work closely with the magazine’s photo editors to whittle down the number to about a dozen for publication, leaving hundreds unseen. This exhibition will spotlight some of the amazing pictures not chosen for the magazine’s printed pages.
Also open in the museum’s 17th Street galleries during this time are “Samurai: The Warrior Transformed” and “Reflections of Japan: Photographs by Eliza Scidmore,” which will run from March 3 through Sept. 3, 2012. “Titanic: 100 Year Obsession” will open on March 29 and run through July 8, 2012. “Anglo-Saxon Hoard: Gold from England’s Dark Ages” will close March 4.
The National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th Street, N.W., Washington, D.C., is open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is closed Dec. 25. Though the photography exhibitions in the museum’s M Street gallery and outdoors are free, the exhibitions held in the 17th Street galleries are ticketed. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for National Geographic members, military, students, seniors and groups of 25 or more; $4 for children 5-12; and free (reservation required) for school, student and youth groups (18 and under). Tickets may be purchased online at www.ngmuseum.org; via telephone at (202) 857-7700; or in person at the National Geographic ticket office, 1600 M Street, N.W., between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information on group sales, call (202) 857-7281 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.