We have all come to love and adore the images put out by world famous National Geographic which has been creating state of the art photo-journalism like no other since 1888. That’s right, 125 years of amazing photography has been affording people a closer look at the world for many years and has felt so supported, they decided to give back. Starting this fall, October 26, 2013 launching with a commemorative issue, the public will be able to view free images photographed by National Geographic at the Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles for the next six months where they will be on display.
Affectionately dubbed ‘The Power of Photography’, National Geographic will display images from the 11.5 million they have captured and archived over the past 125 years. This display will be free to the public and open through the end of April 2014 for the enjoyment of all. This exhibition will be special in that it will display both print and digital images as well as video installations, and since National Geographic has so much footage to draw from, each visit will be unique to every set of eyes who wanders there. Wallis Annenberg, Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation has this to say about the exhibit:
For 125 years now, National Geographic has been a place where art and insight and a deep cultural understanding come together – a place where we can be astonished and inspired by the world all around us. I can’t think of a greater partner for the Annenberg Space for Photography – or a greater model of what photojournalism can achieve. Especially at a time when print journalism is under siege, I’m thrilled that we’ll be able to showcase so many powerful, profound images from the pages of National Geographic. I’m delighted that the exhibit will be as cutting-edge and as multi-media-savvy as both of our institutions strive to be. Above all, I’m proud to join with National Geographic in celebrating this simple principle: that we are all stewards of this remarkable planet.
More than 400 mosaic images will hang on the walls of the photography space, displaying highlights of the past 125 years along with a digital exhibition of 500 plus images. Thirty professional LED monitors will be positioned around the space to allow for video presentations to be looping volumes of images and video footage for all to see. Director of Photography for National Geographic Magazine explains how the millions of images they have archived over the past 125 years presents a challenge for sharing:
In order to truly capture the breadth and depth of the collection we decided to create a show with 501 images alternating on screens, along with a selection of prints and print mosaics. The result not only reflects the general move in photography and the magazine toward digital imagery, but allows for a dynamic, immersive and richer experience of our archive of photographs. The Annenberg Space for Photography has been a wonderfully collaborative and creative partner in breathing life into this idea, which has been a labor of love for all of us.
If you are in the Los Angeles area, it would be no doubt, the chance of a lifetime to witness such an amazing display of photojournalism at its best -for no cost. If you are not in the L.A. area, perhaps it’s a good time for a visit come fall, schedule it into your holiday or early spring travels. You definitely do not want to miss the collaboration between National Geographic magazine and Annenberg Space for Photography located at 2000 Avenue of the Stars, Los Angeles, CA 90067.
For six months only, Octber 26, 2013- April 27, 2014, National Geographic will display millions of free images to the public in Los Angeles. Don’t miss their up-coming October commemorative issue highlighting all the best images of National Geographic over the past 125 years. For more information visit the Annenberg Space for Photography website.
Written by: Stasia Bliss
Source – National Geographic Press Release