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.
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.
October 1903 : Alexander Graham Bell and Mabel kissing within a tetrahedral kite
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
March 1919, Scotland : Dogs help a Scottish gamekeeper keep watch in Aberfoyle
1921 Taj Mahal, India
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 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
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
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
November 1931, Myanmar/Burma : Shan man and two priests prepare to set-off bamboo rockets in rain
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
1995, India: by setting off a camera trap, a female tiger captures her own image in Bandhavgarh national park
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
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
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
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
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