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National Geographic Image Collection Hardcover – October 6, 2009
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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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• "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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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
The book is printed in China on cheap paper and the images in many photos are blurred.
I'm extremely disappointed in this book and will return it tomorrow.
The price is inexpensive and it shows that you get what you pay for.
I thoroughly enjoyed reviewing the 450 photographs in this outstanding book. Some I have seen before but others were new. It must have been very difficult to cull from the eleven million images in the National Geographic's Image Collection. The fact that the Collection is so large speaks well of the dedication of the Geographic’s group to preserve these treasures.
I especially liked how the book’s categories was divided into four sections; The Early Photographs, Color & Optimism, Documentary Realism, and The Digital Range. You could follow the progression of the art form very easily.
One of the reasons, I have always had an interest in photography can be traced to my childhood memories of reading The National Geographic magazine.
While it is interesting that the book was printed in Italy; the questions arises “Why can we not print books like this in USA?
This book should be purchased for all our libraries in the country.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would like to have rated this book at 3.5 stars. From the reviews I read I expected more.Published 10 months ago by Janni
Amazing collection of photos. A wonderful coffee tab le book. A great way to start a conversation. No educated home should be without one.Published on March 17, 2014 by David W.
This is a very nice book, we have it on our coffee table for our guests at our Bed and BreakfastPublished on January 15, 2014 by Laurie Ramseyer
This is a beautiful coffee table book. The images are fantastic. I have several photo books on my table and my guests always seem to pick this one up first.Published on November 28, 2013 by Orcutt Kat
My favorite is that of Swiss mountain climbers climbing the PIzzo Campo Tencia in the 19-teens. A dreamy window into the past and Swiss beauty in general.Published on April 4, 2013 by MDN
I purchased this more than a year ago in anticipation of my children needing a creative and interesting gift for their Father. Read morePublished on March 31, 2013 by Patti Dryden
We wanted something akin to the old Life Magazine photography to enjoy as a coffee table book. The photos and stunning and breathtaking. Read morePublished on December 19, 2012 by ACM661