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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Point (October 6, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426205031
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426205033
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 1.4 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #140,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book Description
Behind National Geographic’s worldwide reputation as a powerhouse of photography lies one of the finest, most extensive, and most unique graphic resources on Earth: the National Geographic Image Collection. For the first time ever, readers will plumb the fascinating depths of this immense archive from the earliest photographs collected in the late 19th century to the cutting-edge work of today. Both iconic and never-before-seen images from virtually every corner of the globe, every species of wildlife, and amazing human achievements in exploration, adventure, science, and more are showcased and placed in historic, artistic, technical, and journalistic context.

Following this lavish visual journey, readers will be awed by a behind-the-scenes profile of the entire collection, its size, its richly diverse character, and its special collections, ranging from delicate and beautiful Autochromes to the famous Alexander Graham Bell collection to the amazing stratosphere collection. Fine artwork and imaginative illustrations are also featured.

Finally, a listing of photographers whose work is represented stands as a fitting tribute to those without whose tireless and brilliant efforts the Collection would not exist.

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Chinatown beauty.
California, 1975. (William Albert Allard)
A trio of triplet policemen.
New Jersey, 1981. (Michael S.Yamashita)
Portrait of a horse wrangler.
Montana, 1984. (Sam Abell)
Wodaabe men preening for the ladies.
Niger, 2008. (Mike Hettwer)
A leopard seal greets underwater cameraman Göran Ehlmé.
Antarctica, Anvers Island. (Paul Nicklen)


The golden touch of Jane Goodall.
Republic of Congo,1990. (Michael Nichols)
Italy, 1994. (William Albert Allard)
A blue button jellyfish.
Hawaiian Islands, 2007. (David Liittschwager)
Floating above the sky.
Earth Orbit, 1965. (NASA)
Dusting the sheep diorama in a sporting goods shop.
Nebraska, 1995. (Joel Sartore)



Review

 • "A stunning visual feast and, most of all, inspiration to care about the planet." --The Boston Globe
 • "It is a photographer's delight. Heavily packed with a little more than 500 pages, National Geographic Image Collection, a coffee-table book from the photography powerhouse National Geographic, is a visual treat." --Asbury Park Press

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This is a beautiful coffee table book.
Orcutt Kat
The book delves deep into to the archives of the National Geographic society to find images that represent all aspects of their collection.
Shrutte farm beets
We gave it as a gift and it was very well received.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Shrutte farm beets on November 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I spent the weekend reviewing the images in this book. What a treat it was. It's not just another collection of the same images we have come to see again and again.
The book delves deep into to the archives of the National Geographic society to find images that represent all aspects of their collection. What a great variety of images, photographers and styles, all held together and presented in this beautiful book.
It's hard to say what I liked best, there is just so much to choose from, Old B&W, autochrome plates and both 35 mm and digital photography. Such beautiful Images -and not the ones that are published over and over. they took me into what it must be like to work there, behind the scenes.

If you know anyone who loves photography this is the gift to buy them this holiday season
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Mambs on December 3, 2009
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This book contains such a broad range of photographs from all over the world. Each page is a reminder of the incredible richness of the human and natural world. I do not know much about photography, but it's amazing to see how both the quality and the style of photographs has evolved over the past century. This is a truly enduring book that I will enjoy for years to come.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Gregory Fehle on January 24, 2010
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Some of the most exceptional National Geographic photos are found in this book. But the quality of paper used to reproduce this book disappointed me. I would be willing to pay more for a better quality paper to highlight these photographic masterpieces.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robin W. on December 7, 2009
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I bought this book as a Christmas gift for a colleague and couldn't be more delighted. In fact, I enjoyed browsing its pages before I wrapped it so much, I'm going to order a copy for my own bookshelves. It's definitely a keeper!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Manda on January 31, 2010
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Bought this book as a gift for a friend. I was able to flip through it briefly before giving it away, and the images were spectacular. My friend has commented to me many times that he really enjoys his new book, and flips through it quite a bit to read interesting things. It is a very large book, and seems perfect to be a very nice "coffee table" book after you are done reading it cover to cover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Clementine on January 7, 2010
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I bought this as a Christmas gift and my boyfriend loved it. This book doesn't have to be just for photographers but for those who appreciate the art. I looked through it myself and I was especially taken with the animal shots they were magnificent. You will be astounded at what can be captured in a four corner shot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RetiredMilitaryOfficer on January 28, 2010
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This book is a joy to peruse in those odd moments of time. Many of the photographs are truly stunning, and many make one pause in thought. I hope National Geographic puts together more collections like this!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Everaldo Silva on January 24, 2010
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This book offers a great number of pictures. However, I was not very impressed by them. I didn't find a lot of outstanding pictures as one would expect from National Geographic.
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