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National Geographic’s “50 Greatest Photographs”

National Geographic’s “50 Greatest Photographs”

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Date(s) - 09/22/2017 - 01/18/2018
All Day

At The Bishop 1st Floor East Gallery


Open in the South Florida Museum’s East Gallery from September 22, 2017 – January 18, 2018

“50 Greatest Photographs” is organized and traveled by National Geographic and showcases many of the most compelling images published in the history of the magazine.

This exhibition will transport visitors behind the lens of some of National Geographic’s most engaging images. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl, to Michael “Nick” Nichols’s iconic photograph of Jane Goodall and a chimpanzee, to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition features 50 of the magazine’s most remembered and celebrated photographs from its almost 130-year history.

In addition to seeing the photographs as they appeared in the magazine, exhibition visitors will learn the stories behind the photos, and more about the photographers themselves. For some images, visitors will be able to see the “near frames” taken by the photographer: the sequence of images made in the field before and after the perfect shot.

Museum Provost and COO Jeff Rodgers says of the exhibition, “Photographs like these connect us to the world beyond our personal horizons. Seeing places, people, and animals that are so far outside of our daily experience stimulates curiosity and wonder — something we hope happens every time you visit the Museum.”

Special exhibitions are included in Museum daily admission. 

Image: Kalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa 1996. A lion patrols the Nossob riverbed, center of a vast refuge for big game. Photo by Chris Johns.