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15 Stunning National Geographic Images Show The Power Of Photography Over 125 Years

“Photography has the power to undo your assumptions about the world.” -Aaron Huey

By Sasha Bronner - Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com

In 1888, California received its first seismograph. Vincent van Gogh cut off his left ear. George Eastman patented the “Kodak box camera.” And a newly-formed geographical society in Washington, D.C. published the very first issue of National Geographic.

Now 125 years later, National Geographic is celebrating its rich history with “The Photography Issue,” out this month, and 501 of the publication’s remarkable images are on display at the Annenberg Space For Photography in Los Angeles, Calif.

The exhibit features 130 photographers and the images are as diverse as our globe, ranging from portraits of identical twins to incredible endangered species on the brink of extinction, world wars, a rare look inside secretive North Korea and images of harrowing human rights’ injustices from around the world.

Today, one in three National Geographic readers lives outside of the United States. In addition to the photographs, the museum walls feature various quotations from famous photographers. One reads: “Photography has the power to undo your assumptions about the world.” -Aaron Huey

One will need multiple visits to see it all. To pique your interest, here are some of our very favorite photographs from National Geographic’s 125 years “Power Of Photography” exhibit at the Annenberg Space For Photography:

Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea │ 2008. Photo © Joel Satore for National Geographic

Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea │ 2008. Photo © Joel Satore for National Geographic

A five-month-old mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) reacts to a visitor near a bushmeat market in Malabo, a city on Bioko Island in Equatorial Guinea. This animal was brought over from mainland Africa, most likely as an infant. Once fully grown, many such pets are sold into the bushmeat trade and consumed as food. Though this country has laws on the books stating that taking primates from the wild is illegal, poaching continues to be rampant both in Equatorial Guinea and many other African nations.

 Photo © Randy Olson for National Geographic

Churchgate Railway Station in Mumbai │2010 Photo © Randy Olson for National Geographic

1909  Photo © Robert Peary for National Geographic

1909 Photo © Robert Peary for National Geographic

A portrait of Robert E. Peary, an American explorer who claimed he was first to reach the North Pole.

Pakistan │ 1984 Photo © Steve McCurry for National Geographic

Pakistan │ 1984 Photo © Steve McCurry for National Geographic

Steve McCurry’s iconic photograph of a young Afghan girl in a Pakistan refugee camp appeared on the cover of National Geographic magazine’s June 1985 issue and became the most famous cover image in the magazine’s history.

Point Henry, Victoria, Australia │ 2004 Photo © Jason Edwards for National Geographic

Point Henry, Victoria, Australia │ 2004 Photo © Jason Edwards for National Geographic

A southern elephant seal barks loudly as it breaks the water’s surface. The largest of all seals at up to 8,800 pounds, it gets its name from having a truck-like snout.

Campo Tencia, Switzerland │ 1920s Photo © Jean Gaberell for National Geographic

Campo Tencia, Switzerland │ 1920s
Photo © Jean Gaberell for National Geographic

Mountaineers traverse a ridge in the Swiss Alps. The sport of mountaineering began in earnest in the Alps after Alfred Willis climbed the Wetterhorn in 1854.

Novosibirsk, Russia │ 2009 Photo © Jean Gaberell for National Geographic

Novosibirsk, Russia │ 2009 Photo © Jean Gaberell for National Geographic

Studying rats bred to be hostile may help scientists decode the relationship between DNA and behavior, by comparing the aggressive rats’ genome with that of rats bred for friendliness.

California │ 1892 Photo © N.E. Beckwith for National Geographic

California │ 1892
Photo © N.E. Beckwith for National Geographic

Loggers pose with the Mark Twain redwood, felled in California.

Saudi Arabia │ 1965 Photo © Thomas J. Abercrombie for National Geographic

Saudi Arabia │ 1965
Photo © Thomas J. Abercrombie for National Geographic

Pilgrims circle the Kaaba in Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Making this time exposure from the roof of his nearby hotel, Abercrombie watched the faithful, dressed anonymously in white, circle the Kaaba “in harmony with the planets and the atoms,” he wrote.

Zanzibar │ 1908 Photo © Underwood and Underwood

Zanzibar │ 1908
Photo © Underwood and Underwood

Her face adorned with stylish painted circles, a woman holds a pet dik-dik, a type of small antelope.

Kuwait │ 1991 Photo © Steve McCurry for National

Kuwait │ 1991 Photo © Steve McCurry for National

In the wake of the Gulf War, camels search for untainted shrubs and water in the burning oil fields of southern Kuwait. Their foraging reflects the plight of war-ravaged lands.

Whitefish Lake, Michigan │ 1906 Photo © George Shiras for National

Whitefish Lake, Michigan │ 1906
Photo © George Shiras for National

Photography pioneer Shiras made the first nighttime wildlife photos. Here he demonstrates his revolving camera tray, mounted jacklight and handheld flashgun.

Svalbard, Norway │ 2008 Photo © George Shiras for National

Svalbard, Norway │ 2008 Photo © George Shiras for National

A female polar bear peers into the window of Nicklen’s cabin to inspect this human interloper — after munching on his snowmobile seat, his camera bag and his hat.

Illinois │ 2009 Photo © George Shiras for National

Illinois │ 2009
Photo © George Shiras for National

A female polar bear peers into the window of Nicklen’s cabin to inspect this human interloper — after munching on his snowmobile seat, his camera bag and his hat.

A green garland crowns Chicago’s City Hall, softening the hard edges of a town famous for steel and stone—and helping to keep the building cool in summer.

Running from October 26, 2013-April 27, 2014, National Geographic’s 125 years “Power Of Photography” exhibit will be the longest running show ever at The Annenberg Space For Photography.

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One Response to “15 Stunning National Geographic Images Show The Power Of Photography Over 125 Years”

  1. Armando Landa G. says:

    Thanks NG!