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National Geographic: unpublished


A new photographic exhibition, “Beyond the Story: National Geographic Unpublished,” just opened at the National Geographic Museum.

On display will be nearly 50 photographs made by 15 photographers for 15 stories in the magazine. They cover topics as varied as Asia’s disappearing glaciers, contemporary South Africa, the fight to save the Jordan River and the struggles of modern Afghan women. The exhibition is open through June 12, 2011, in the museum’s M Street gallery.

In the course of a year, more than 1.5 million images are taken by National Geographic magazine photographers around the world. The photographers return from each assignment with thousands of photographs, and together with the magazine’s photo editors, they embark on the painstaking process of winnowing them down to a mere handful for publication. As only about a dozen photos appear in each National Geographic article, many images never get the spotlight they deserve.

National Geographic Museum
17th and M Streets NW
Downtown Washington, D.C

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