Sacred Waters: Photography by John Stanmeyer

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Photo of a Shinto ceremony underneath a waterfall.
A Shinto ceremony in Japan

Photo by John Stanmeyer

Photo of a baby being baptized

A baptism in the Greek Orthodox Church, Turkey.

Photo by John Stanmeyer

Water purifies, rejuvenates, cleanses, and heals. Spirits inhabit the waters and require homage or deference. From the droplets in a baptismal font to the scattering of ashes on a holy river, water blesses human lives. Photographer John Stanmeyer traveled the world in search of the many ways different cultures relate to water. He captured everything from offerings alongside the sacred Ganges in India to waterfall rituals in Japan, Laos, and Haiti. The 45 photographs in this exhibition showcase his work.

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  • Photo of a woman drinking from a life-straw.
    Design for the Other 90%
    ExhibitsWednesday, April 28, 2010 – Monday, September 6, 2010Washington, D.C.

    Explore objects designed to increase access to water, food, energy, education, healthcare, business, and transportation. Filtering straws and solar kitchens are just a few of these objects designed specifically for the developing world.

  • Photo of a bog turtle.
    Rare: Photographs by Joel Sartore
    ExhibitsThursday, March 18, 2010 – Monday, October 11, 2010Washington, D.C.

    Stunning portraits of North America’s endangered species, including the palm-size bog turtle.

  • Photo: Baby afloat in water.
    National Geographic Magazine: Special Issue

    Is there enough water for our thirsty world? Explore this and other critical questions in the April 2010 issue of National Geographic.

  • Photo: Person floating in clear underground pool.
    Water: Our Thirsty World
    ExhibitsSaturday, March 27, 2010 – Sunday, June 13, 2010

    Explore the world’s freshwater crisis through stunning images and larger-than-life video at The Annenberg Space for Photography in Los Angeles.

Exhibits by Location

Exhibits for Today, October 27, 2016 in Washington, D.C.

Invisible Boundaries: Exploring Yellowstone’s Great Animal Migrations, Washington, D.C.
April 15, 2016 – November 27, 2016


Paradise Reborn, Santa Barbara, CA
October 30, 2016

The Hidden World of Sharks, Washington, D.C.
November 3, 2016

Telluride Mountainfilm, Washington, D.C.
November 4, 2016

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