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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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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)



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 • "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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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 (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #762,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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This book is small enough to keep on my dining room table. I flip thru the pages every day - and each time I see a picture differently than before. As an amateur photographer it helps me understand lighting and camera angles. And buying it used makes it budget friendly.
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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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I was encouraged to purchased this book because of the rave reviews. I'm beginning to question if these reviews are real ?

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.
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National Geographic Image Collection

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.
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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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