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Simply Beautiful: Photographs From National Geographic

Photo:  A bird dries its wings
A bird dries its wings.

Photograph by Josh Exell

Photo: Grasses bend in a breeze

Grasses bend in a breeze.

Photograph by Annie Griffiths

“Simply Beautiful: Photographs From National Geographic” takes visitors on a visual journey through variations on the universal theme of beauty.

The more than 50 images in the exhibition plumb the depth of National Geographic’s Image Collection to highlight the loveliest and most appealing photographs from this impressive archive. The result is an experience of visual delight, from stunning landscapes and magnificent wildlife to fascinating people and quaint locales. The exhibition makes one ponder what creates beauty in a photograph, and illustrates how photographers can compose an image that provides visual proof that there is beauty, often overlooked, in nearly everything.

Assembled by award-winning National Geographic photographer Annie Griffiths, the exhibition includes remarkable images from the Society’s core mission areas: exploration, wildlife, cultures, science, and nature. It also features the work of some of the most famous National Geographic photographers.

The exhibition is accompanied by the newly published National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs (National Geographic Books, 2010; $35 hardcover).

Content: 52 framed prints with labels
Size: 300 running feet minimum—flexible
Duration: 3 months minimum
Rental Fee: $10,000 (includes round trip shipping anywhere in the continental US)
$8,000 + shipping to Canada and International
Comments: lectures/ book signing opportunities

Tour Schedule:

Saudi Arabia
June—August, 2011

Zoom Photo Festival
Saguenay, Canada
November 6, 2011—January 31, 2012

Minnesota Marine Art Museum
Winona, MN
March 3—May 27, 2012

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry
Portland, OR
July 18, 2012—February 10, 2013

Vero Beach Museum of Art
Vero Beach, FL
October 6, 2013—January 12, 2014

Irving Arts Center
Irving, TX
July 12—November 16, 2014

William D Cannon Art Gallery
Carlsbad, CA
February 21—May 17, 2015

  • Photo: A Whalrus flicks its huge tusks
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