National Geographic Image Collection

National Geographic Image Collection


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Behind National Geographic's worldwide reputation as a powerhouse of photography lies one of the most extensive, valuable, and unique graphic resources on Earth: the National Geographic Image Collection. The book by the same name, now in small format, lets readers plumb the fascinating depths of this immense archive from the earliest photographs collected in the late 19th century to the cutting-edge work of today. Both iconic and never-before-seen images from virtually every corner of the globe, every species of wildlife, and amazing human achievements in exploration, adventure, science, and more are showcased and placed in historic, artistic, technical, and journalistic context. The book is divided into four themes: Wilderness, Exploration, and Adventure; Wildlife; Peoples, Cultures, and Lifestyles; Science and Climate Change. Each section's content and images describe the evolution of photography, both technically and aesthetically.

Following this lavish visual journey, readers will be awed by a behind-the-scenes profile of the entire collection, its size, its richly diverse character, and its special collections, ranging from delicate and beautiful autochromes to the famous Alexander Graham Bell collection and more. Imaginative illustrations and fine artwork, including specially-commissioned paintings by N.C. Wyeth, are also featured.

Finally, a complete listing and brief biographies of photographers whose work is represented stands as a fitting tribute to those without whose tireless and brilliant efforts the Collection would not exist.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781426209680
Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publication date: 09/04/2012
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 591,958
Product dimensions: 6.38(w) x 7.34(h) x 1.38(d)

About the Author

Editor LEAH BENDAVID-VAL is former director of photography publishing for National Geographic Books and author of five books on photography.

Essayist MICHELLE ANNE DELANEY is associate curator in the Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

MAURA MULVIHILL is vice president and director of the Image Collection at National Geographic, where she has worked for 30 years.

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memasmb on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
National Geographic Image CollectionI thoroughly enjoyed reviewing the 450 photographs in this outstanding book. Some I have seen before but others were new. It must have been very difficult to cull from the eleven million images in the National Geographic's Image Collection. The fact that the Collection is so large speaks well of the dedication of the Geographic¿s group to preserve these treasures. I especially liked how the book¿s categories was divided into four sections; The Early Photographs, Color & Optimism, Documentary Realism, and The Digital Range. You could follow the progression of the art form very easily.One of the reasons, I have always had an interest in photography can be traced to my childhood memories of reading The National Geographic magazine. While it is interesting that the book was printed in Italy; the questions arises ¿Why can we not print books like this in USA?This book should be purchased for all our libraries in the country.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Many unpublished photos from the National Geographic archives. Formatted by theme. Beautiful. Inspiring. Dramatic.
JTL More than 1 year ago
The photographs in this book were chosen from the National Geographic archives - a collection of immense proportions. So, as you can imagine, the photographs they chose to display in this book are fantastic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
They loved it! Have looked at it several times and love it everytime!
Harlow More than 1 year ago
This is the best photography book I have in my library. It is most enjoyable and worth it's weight in gold. A real keeper
GinaS13 More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my father hoping this would inspire him to go back to photography. It is a fascinating collection. The photos and writing are amazing. I especially love the older photos. It gives you a peak into the past.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After seeing a tv story about the book, I looked at it in the local B&N before ordering it as a gift. The recipient was thrilled with it.