“50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic” Opens at Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Posted on May 24 by SEASONS Magazine

Photo by Joanna B Pinneo, ©2011 National Geographic. Sub-Saharan Mali 1997 | Blowing sand from a dry lake bed clings to an eight-month-old baby as mother and children nap in Male. Courtesy Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Photo by Joanna B Pinneo, ©2011 National Geographic. Sub-Saharan Mali 1997 | Blowing sand from a dry lake bed clings to an eight-month-old baby as mother and children nap in Male. Courtesy Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Come see some of National Geographic’s most compelling images when the traveling exhibition, “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic,” opens at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History on Saturday, May 26.

From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine’s most-remembered and celebrated photographs from its nearly 130 year history.

 

Photo by Thomas J. Abercrombie, ©2011 National Geographic. Kabul, Afghanistan 1967 | Covered by a traditional chadri, an Afghan woman balances caged goldfinches at a market in Kabul. Courtesy Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Photo by Thomas J. Abercrombie, ©2011 National Geographic. Kabul, Afghanistan 1967 | Covered by a traditional chadri, an Afghan woman balances caged goldfinches at a market in Kabul. Courtesy Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

 

Not only do visitors get to view the photos as they appeared in the magazine, but they also get a sneak peek behind the scenes, learning more about the stories behind the photos and the photographers that took them. For some images, visitors are even able to see the “near frames,” the sequence of images made in the field before and after the perfect shot, taken by photographers.

President and CEO Luke Swetland shares, “As the Museum prepares to open our newly renovated galleries, we looked for a summer show that would celebrate nature and our relationship with it. The National Geographic exhibit is visually powerful, rich in nature and thought provoking; all traits that our renovated galleries will manifest as well. It will make for an exceptional pairing.”

 

Photo by Sam Abell, ©2011 National Geographic. Moscow, Russia 1983 | Seven pears occupy a Moscow windowsill, catching the light of the afternoon sun. Courtesy Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Photo by Sam Abell, ©2011 National Geographic. Moscow, Russia 1983 | Seven pears occupy a Moscow windowsill, catching the light of the afternoon sun. Courtesy Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

 

Founded in 1916, the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History inspires a thirst for discovery and a passion for the natural world. The Museum seeks to connect people to nature for the betterment of both, and prides itself on being naturally different.

The exhibit opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 26 in the museum’s Fleischmann Auditorium and runs through Monday, September 3. 

 

Photo by Bruce Dale, ©2011 National Geographic. California, United States 1977 | A camera mounted on the tail of a Lockheed L-1101 captures the lights of an airport runway and city beyond. Courtesy Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Photo by Bruce Dale, ©2011 National Geographic. California, United States 1977 | A camera mounted on the tail of a Lockheed L-1101 captures the lights of an airport runway and city beyond. Courtesy Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History.

Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History is located at 2559 Puesta Del Sol, Santa Barbara and open daily from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. For more information, visit www.sbnature.org.

— Jessica Morelli

 

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