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50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic

14 December 2018 - 31 March 2019

Free entry

National Geographic has authorised the reproduction and tour of 50 of the most recognisable and popular photographs the magazine has published in its 120-year history. This exhibition explores the hidden worlds, secret stories and amazing places on the planet through the most compelling, iconic imagery compiled. The exhibition includes, among the many recognisable images, Steve McCurry’s Afghan Girl and Nick Nichol’s The Touch featuring Jane Goodall. In addition to seeing the enhanced photos as they appeared in the magazine, visitors can hear the stories behind the photos and more about the photographers themselves. For some images, visitors are able to see the ‘near frames’ taken by the photographer: the sequence of images made in the field before and after the published picture.

Image: Afghan Girl 1984. Photo: Steve McCurry

Education programmes are available for this exhibition. 

Developed by The National Geographic Society.

Brought to New Zealand by Expressions Whirinaki Arts and Entertainment Centre.

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Promotional images from the exhibition:

California United States 1977 Photo by Bruce Dale3m California, United States 1977, Photo by Bruce Dale
Kaalahari Gemsbok National Park South Africa 1996 Photo by Chris Johns 3.4m Kaalahari Gemsbok National Park, South Africa 1996 Photo by Chris Johns
North Atlantic Ocean 1991 Photo by Emory Kristof North Atlantic Ocean 1991, Photo by Emory Kristof
New York City United States 1988 photo by Jodi Cobb2m New York City, United States 1988, photo by Jodi Cobb