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About the Author

Annie Griffiths Belt has won numerous awards and covered a wide-ranging list of topics for the National Geographic magazine: Lawrence of Arabia, Baja, Galilee, Petra, Sidney, Vancouver, England’s Lake District, and others. She is featured in the book National Geographic’s Women Photographers. Her own most recent title, Last Stand: America’s Virgin Lands, celebrates the remaining pristine wilderness areas in North America.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (March 18, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426202458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426202452
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #430,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I guess I will keep plugging away. (and what lucky kids).
Bob Prentiss
The photographs in this book are just beautiful, and the stories accompanying the pictures are interesting and well written.
Kat H
She makes me feel like I can do anything in the world that I dream of doing and bring my children along for the ride.
Lady of the Lake

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Julie Neal TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 23, 2008
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The photos grab you at first, but it's the words that will make you treasure this must-have hardback. Author Annie Griffiths Belt was one of the first female photographers hired at the National Geographic Society, and in these pages you can understand why. The 133 images soar.

Subjects range from Minnesota blizzards to Jerusalem Ramadan celebrations to refugee camps in Pakistan and Thailand. An image that sticks with me is a Biloxi Katrina survivor sitting alone in a bare room, holding her 81st birthday cake in her lap. Another indelible photo: dolphins playing at dawn in New Zealand.

Also in the book are Belt's stories about her travels and adventures. Accompanying each photo is a short narrative, in which the author describes what was happening before, during and after she took the shot. Throughout the book Belt describes what it was like bringing her two young kids with her while she traveled, often with her husband in tow, too. These tales are often funny, always interesting.

The dust jacket slips off to reveal a paisley-print cover with the title in gold letters on the spine.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Lady of the Lake on April 3, 2008
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After reading the book and seeing the world through Annie G. Belts stunning photos, I am beyond moved. Her story is funny and beautiful. She makes me feel like I can do anything in the world that I dream of doing and bring my children along for the ride. This book has enriched my life and opened up my heart to new possibilitites.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth S. Schelper on March 19, 2008
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This is a wonderful book; a keepsake. Annie Griffiths Belt is a well-known, gifted photographer, but her charming voice, gentle humor, and sincere sense of wonder and gratitude give new depth and meaning to the images she captures. Her openness and honesty make it easy to see how she has been able to create a bond of trust across cultural barriers that has been one of the hallmarks of her career. The real message of this book is that people are beautiful and that anything, even your wildest dream, is possible. That is the reason, come Mother's Day, I'll be giving this book to my daughter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By M. Kennedy on April 30, 2008
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This book is just wonderful! It has the most beautiful photographs and commentary. I've been reading it to my children for bedtime story. I saw a television program where the author was talking about each picture. She gave even greater details about the stories and circumstances behind each picture! It would be great if that would have been included along with the book itself in CD/DVD format. I loved listening to her describe in detail all that goes in to getting the one perfect shot! Again, wonderful book. The photos are just breath-taking!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Linda on April 2, 2008
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A book to treasure! Simply magnificent photographs by the brilliant Annie G. Belt. Beautifully reproduced and narrated - a fascinating tour of the world and humanity by one of the top photographers in the world. Highly recommend!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Snoosh on April 18, 2011
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I was lucky enough to hear the photographer at a lecture, and ordered this book (one of several she has done with National Geographic). The photos are great, for impact and telling a story to anyone and fascinating to any amateur photographer, and the photographer's insights and perspectives add to it. A great book for the coffee table but also great to look through with your family so they can see how others on this planet live, beautiful but often harsh, always interesting. A wonderful book and a surprisingly low price, what's left?

Highly recommended.
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While I sit here waiting for National Geographic to discover me, I enjoyed travelling with Annie (in her book) across the world as she worked as a photographer for National Geographic. She travels to exotic and remote corners of the world that most people just dream about.
With a camera in hand, she has a gift of making people feel comfortable being photographed. They become part of the adventure of creating the photograph instead of just being the object of the photograph.
And, oh, if National Geographic does happen to read this, you can explore my photos at: [...]
One of my photos is an exclusive photo of a wildlife event that's never before been captured on film. Trust, me, you'll want this
photo for the cover of your magazine! In the meantime, I'll be waiting for you call! :)
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As a professional travel photographer with two young children I've personally been struggling to see how to balance my career with my family. Annie's wonderful book helped me see that not only can it be done, but how it can enrich the lives of your children in a way that school alone could never do. I'm already working out how I can bring them along on my next big assignment. Thankyou so much for not only such inspirational stories and images but sharing the trials and tribulations (and joys) of travelling with your family. I would thoroughly recommend this book.
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