"National Geographic"

"National Geographic" : The Photographs

By (author) Leah Bendavid-Val


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"National Geographic: The Photographs" presents an amazing collection of award-winning "National Geographic" magazine photographs, the facts behind them, and the inside stories of the men and women who took them. The images capture rare moments in nature and the lives of animals, along with defining events in the lives of people everywhere. Many earlier pictures place the new ones in perspective, illustrating how the "Geographic" has created a unique photographic approach and maintained its tradition over decades, while evolving in response the changing realities that the photography documents. Five chapters cover the Society's major themes: wildlife on land and underwater, cultures in the United States and around the world, and science - from astronomy to archaeology to the human senses. On page after page, stunning images reveal the skill and imagination of Geographic's photographers. Accompanying the images are the photographer's accounts of adventures in the field - sometimes humorous, sometimes terrifying, always vividly compelling. Author Leah Bendavid-Val writes about the photographers' achievements from technical, journalistic, and artistic points of view. An introductory chapter chronicles the evolution of photographic principles at the "Geographic" and the visionaries who believed in the revolutionary idea that photography had the power to tell important truths about the world.

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  • Hardback | 336 pages
  • 154 x 168 x 28mm | 659.99g
  • 16 Sep 2008
  • National Geographic Society
  • Hanover, PA
  • English
  • 210 colour photographs
  • 1426202911
  • 9781426202919
  • 5,869

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Leah Bendavid-Val, Director of Photography Publishing for National Geographic Books.

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National Geographic: The Photographs

A beautiful collection of photos in a small book. For a hardcover book it is surprisingly small, but it's actually this fact that has so many people I know enamoured with it. The photos are excellent quality, so although it's size can be a little frustrating it's still a treasure.show more
by Penny Lattey


Thought the price was too good to be true! The photos are fantastic, but the book is *tiny*. I mean really, really, small. And even then, some of the pictures are not even full page, but cover only a portion. If you've *amazingly* good eyesight you might enjoy this. But even then you'll be wishing you could see the photos in a larger format. The plus point is that the pictures are so good. But the negative is that you absolutely cannot enjoy them in this minuscule format.show more
by Sean Groarke