Photography : Nature and beyond

125 Years of Nat-Geo…

125 years of Nat-Geo…

Some of the photographs published in the National Geography have become truly iconic, recognized instantly across the world, like this picture of an Afgaan refuge.

NGM Cover, June 1985

Cover of the National Geographic Magazine, June 1985.

 The National Geographic Society (NGS), headquartered in Washington, D.C. in the United States, is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world. Its interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history.
This is just a homage to the brilliance of National Geography, as they celebrate 125th anniversary. All the images are property of Nat-Geo… each photograph is like a story in itself. One can just look at them and imagine what the photographer must have been thinking about while taking those shots.
November 1, 1896  Zulu bride and groom in Witwatersrand, South Africa : The issue of National Geographic that was published on this day was a milestone in the legendary magazine’s history.  It was the first time the publication included a photograph of a bare-breasted woman.
1905 : First published photograph of Lhasa in National Geographic magazine
May 1899 Redwoods : This story was originally published in the May 1899 issue of the magazine. It was National Geographic's first coverage of redwoods.  Redwood is so called because of its color, which, when freshly cut, is a bright, though not deep, red, changing to a brown-red when thoroughly seasoned. The wood is soft, with a rather coarse, straight grain. It is easy to work, quite as much so as our eastern white pine. It contains practically no resin, but a large amount of water, which makes the green wood so exceedingly heavy that often the lower log of a tree will sink in water.
125 Years of National Geography

October 1903 : Alexander Graham Bell and Mabel kissing within a tetrahedral kite

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

1909, Alaska, US: washing his films in iceberg-choked seawater was an everyday chore for the photographer Oscar D Von Engeln during the summer months he spent on a National-Geographic-sponsored expedition in Alaska

May 1910 In Africa, : A close view of a male lion photographed with a flashlight at night

May 1910 In Africa, : A close view of a male lion photographed with a flashlight at night

March 1919, Scotland : Dogs help a Scottish gamekeeper keep watch in Aberfoyle

March 1919, Scotland : Dogs help a Scottish gamekeeper keep watch in Aberfoyle

1921 Taj Mahal, India

1921 Taj Mahal, India

125 Years of National Geography

January 1922 : A close view of the puffer fish found in Florida’s warm waters

1923 Varanashi, India : A view of a bathing ghat on the shores of the Ganges River in India

1923 Varanashi, India : A view of a bathing ghat on the shores of the Ganges River in India

1923 Agra, India : A view of the Taj Mahal on Yamuna River

1923 Agra, India : A view of the Taj Mahal on Yamuna River

1923, India : View of the Palace of Maharaja’s pond from the Island of the Sultans in Udaipur

1923, India : View of the Palace of Maharaja’s pond from the Island of the Sultans in Udaipur

1927 Jerusalem : A student works at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem

1927 Jerusalem : A student works at the Bezalel School of Arts and Crafts in Jerusalem

1926 Palestine : Two girls wearing shawls pose for a portrait in Huwara, Palestine

1926 Palestine : Two girls wearing shawls pose for a portrait in Huwara, Palestine

January 1930, Danube : People enjoying the Gellert Bath, an outdoor swimming pool on the banks of the Danube

January 1930, Danube : People enjoying the Gellert Bath, an outdoor swimming pool on the banks of the Danube

December 1930, Greece : Two actresses at Delphi Festival adorn costumes of classical Greece

December 1930, Greece : Two actresses at Delphi Festival adorn costumes of classical Greece

November 1931, Myanmar/Burma : Shan man and two priests prepare to set-off bamboo rockets in rain

November 1931, Myanmar/Burma : Shan man and two priests prepare to set-off bamboo rockets in rain

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

1931, Afghanistan: in his favourite picture, the legendary National Geographic photojournalist Maynard Owen Williams marvelled how, in this bazaar in Herat, no one blinked during the three seconds required to make the exposure

November 1934 Hong Kong : Vendors and pedestrians along a steep staircase in Hong Kong

November 1934 Hong Kong : Vendors and pedestrians along a steep staircase in Hong Kong

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

1935, South Dakota, US: the National Geographic and Army Air Corps stratosphere balloon Explorer II is prepared for takeoff at the Stratobowl near Rapid City. It carried two aeronauts nearly 14 miles (22km) into the stratosphere – the highest men would go for the next 21 years

1935, Paris : Parisians walk on the street past lottery and vermouth advertisements

1935, Paris : Parisians walk on the street past lottery and vermouth advertisements

 1939 USA : Thomas Jefferson at Mount Rushmore under construction

1939 USA : Thomas Jefferson at Mount Rushmore under construction

August 1938, San F rancisco, USA : A man repairs a light on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

August 1938, San F rancisco, USA : A man repairs a light on the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco

November 1939, Argentina : Subway train headed to the Plaza Italia Station in Buenos Aires

November 1939, Argentina : Subway train headed to the Plaza Italia Station in Buenos Aires

October 1939, USA : A cowgirl puts a nickel in an El Paso parking meter to hitch her pony

October 1939, USA : A cowgirl puts a nickel in an El Paso parking meter to hitch her pony

March 1948, Bombay, India : An Indian movie crew filming a wedding scene at “Famous Studios” in Bombay

March 1948, Bombay, India : An Indian movie crew filming a wedding scene at “Famous Studios” in Bombay

April 1946 : A Royal Mail bus with armed guards heads out from Razmak to Jandola

April 1946 : A Royal Mail bus with armed guards heads out from Razmak to Jandola

December 1951, Spain : Part of Madrid’s old city walls stands as monumental gate in traffic circle

December 1951, Spain : Part of Madrid’s old city walls stands as monumental gate in traffic circle

December 1954, USA : Tourists look at Manhattan from a sightseeing boat on the East River

December 1954, USA : Tourists look at Manhattan from a sightseeing boat on the East River

January 1955 : Signpost on Kanton Island lists mileage to cities served by Pan American World Airways.

January 1955 : Signpost on Kanton Island lists mileage to cities served by Pan American World Airways.

May 1955, Belgium : Girls watch artist painting picture of statue of Flemish artist in Bruges

May 1955, Belgium : Girls watch artist painting picture of statue of Flemish artist in Bruges

November 1956, Switzerland : A curious cow on a hilltop tries to nibble a woman’s camera in Switzerland

November 1956, Switzerland : A curious cow on a hilltop tries to nibble a woman’s camera in Switzerland

Cars are seemingly stacked atop one another in Frankfurt’s airport parking lot.

Cars are seemingly stacked atop one another in Frankfurt’s airport parking lot.

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

1964, Tanzania: a touching moment between the primatologist and National Geographic grantee Jane Goodall and a young chimpanzee called Flint at Tanzania’s Gombe Stream reserve

February 1959, Vienna : Students swing to a jazz band in a bamboo-lined student center in Vienna

February 1959, Vienna : Students swing to a jazz band in a bamboo-lined student center in Vienna

September 1963, Australia : A wave of rock shaped by wind and rain towers above a plain in Western Australia

September 1963, Australia : A wave of rock shaped by wind and rain towers above a plain in Western Australia

December 1964, Dead Sea : Bathers read magazines near shoreline while floating in the Dead Sea

December 1964, Dead Sea : Bathers read magazines near shoreline while floating in the Dead Sea

125 Years of National Geography

March 1966, Moscow : Bengal tigers crouch as animal trainer carries a 300-pound lion in Moscow

June 1966, London : Women use compact mirrors in packed crowd to catch sight of the queen in London

June 1966, London : Women use compact mirrors in packed crowd to catch sight of the queen in London

1968 : People strolling through a park in Finland during a wet May snowstorm

1968 : People strolling through a park in Finland during a wet May snowstorm

September 1974, Barlin : An East German man standing near the Berlin Wall

September 1974, Barlin : An East German man standing near the Berlin Wall

Tourists atop the Chicago Tribune building look down on the Chicago River, the site of Old Fort Dearborn.

Tourists atop the Chicago Tribune building look down on the Chicago River, the site of Old Fort Dearborn.

November 1988, Madhya Pradesh, India : Pilgrims bathe in the Narmada’s 160-foot-tall Kadil Dhara waterfall in India

November 1988, Madhya Pradesh, India : Pilgrims bathe in the Narmada’s 160-foot-tall Kadil Dhara waterfall in India

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

1995, India: by setting off a camera trap, a female tiger captures her own image in Bandhavgarh national park

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

1995, Peru: the Ice Maiden, the 500-year-old mummy of a young Inca girl found on a Peruvian mountaintop by the archaeologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence Johan Reinhard

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

2004, Antarctica: an emperor penguin, outfitted with the Crittercam system designed by the marine biologist and National Geographic staff member Greg Marshall, becomes an unwitting cameraman for a National Geographic documentary

2007, Uganda: a lion climbs a tree to sleep in Queen Elizabeth park

2007, Uganda: a lion climbs a tree to sleep in Queen Elizabeth park

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

2009, northern Mongolia: the research scientist and National Geographic emerging explorer Dr Albert Lin gallops across the steppe as he searches for Genghis Khan’s tomb and other archaeological sites

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

2009, Washington state, US: sunset falls on Gifford Pinchot national forest, named after the founder of the US Forest Service and National Geographic Society board member

National Geographic celebrates 125 years

2010, Canada: in a moss-draped rainforest in British Columbia, towering red cedars live a thousand years, and black bears have white coats. They are known to the local people as spirit bears

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