Category Archives: Photography & Photographers

On Everest, It Is Always the Wind

The man with three dreams: going on expedition with Admiral Byrd, working for National Geographic, and climbing Everest…Listen to an excerpt. It’s climbing season on Mt. Everest, so let’s take a look back at one of the pioneers of that … Continue reading

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Handyman, Camp Cook…Takes Good Pictures Too

An expert lab man and genius at improvising in the field, Richard Hewitt Stewart exemplified many of the qualities associated with National Geographic photographers. During his 42 years on staff, he continually had to produce high-quality images under the most … Continue reading

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The Recent Earthquake Wave on the Coast of Japan

Eerily reminiscent of recent headlines, this one is actually from the September 1896 National Geographic Magazine concerning a tsunami that also struck Sanriku and killed over 27,000 people. A story featured on NPR today cites this article with introducing the … Continue reading

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Project Noah

National Geographic has invested in a new online application, Project Noah, that hopes to bring out the citizen scientist in all of us. It is easy to join and share your photos of nature with others around the globe. Yasser … Continue reading

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Does Love Conquer All? Last Known Photograph Sparks Hope for Future

By Laura Newcomer Described by researchers in 1852, photographed once in 1959, and not seen since— this 52-year-old photo in National Geographic provides the only evidence of the existence of a rare species of sea slug published in more than … Continue reading

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The Last Lions

Big cat numbers have dropped precipitously over the past few decades and no one understands this better than Dereck and Beverly Joubert, who have been living out of the back of a truck for most of those years, trying to … Continue reading

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The Hazards of Being a Geographic Photographer

Going through some old newsletters by former Director of Photography, Bob Gilka, I came across this anecdote about photographer Dave Boyer. In 1964, he was in Turkey photographing an expedition searching for the tomb of Antiochus I. Boyer was running … Continue reading

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The Octopus Escape Artist

Here is another anecdote from the files of legendary NGS Director of Photography Bob Gilka, this one from a 1969 newsletter: “For thirteen days Bob Sisson kept an octopus with a fifteen inch spread under close visual and camera observation. … Continue reading

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