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Steven Kasher Gallery is proud to present the first exhibition and sale of vintage prints from the archives of the National Geographic Society. The exhibition will feature over 150 unique vintage black and white prints representing the earliest days of the Society (founded in 1888) through the 1940s. It will present premier examples of the most aesthetically and historically significant prints in the archive.
The World in Black and White: Vintage Prints from the National Geographic Archive is comprised of sets of photographic prints by over a dozen photographers associated with the Society. Each photographer is represented by 10-15 pictures. Portraits and documents of the photographers will also be presented. The exhibition will include images from several continents and several genres, including exploration, discovery, anthropology, aeronautics, and portraiture. Many of these images have never been published. Many have never been seen outside the National Geographic Image Collection archive, housed in Washington.
The National Geographic Image Collection houses over 10 million photographs. Less than 2 percent have been published. To share its archival heritage, National Geographic is now initiating a concerted program to proliferate the treasures of the Image Collection through fine art exhibitions and through sales to museums and private collectors. This exhibition is the first of four Image Collection exhibitions that will be mounted at Steven Kasher Gallery over the next two years. This first Image Collection exhibition accompanies the publication of National Geographic Image Collection (516 pages, over 300 photographs), available at leading booksellers in mid-October.
The bodies of work presented are diverse. The Alexander Graham Bell Collection is a group of photographs by Bell and his assistants of their flight experiments utilizing tetrahedral structures, 1907-09. Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden’s portrayals of the classicized youth of Sicily were featured in the August 1905 issue of National Geographic. An integral part of Captain Scott’s mission, Herbert Ponting utilized a large 8 x 10” negative camera to document the discovery of the South Pole, 1910 –13. Both George Tairraz andHiram Bingham made large panoramic prints of their explorations of, respectively, the Alps (1890s) and Machu Picchu (1915). In a pictorialist/documentary style, noted landscape photographer Vittorio Sella focused on the mountains and plants and tribes of Uganda, 1906. Using an ingenious trip wire and powdered magnesium, George Shiras III made the earliest images of wildlife by flash, beginning in 1902. Joseph Rock, a gentleman explorer who ported his rugs and library, sent the magazine many stories and hundreds of exciting pictures of his travels in China in the 1920s and 30s. Lt. Frank Hurley and A. B. Lewisdocumented the dress and undress of natives of Papua New Guinea in the 1920s. Willis Lee photographed the Carlsbad Caverns in 1924. National Geographic staffers are also represented: Maynard Owen Williams; B. Anthony Stewart (West Virginia, 1938); Edwin Wisherd (Louisiana, 1928); Clifton Adams (Maryland, 1920s-30s); and Volkmar Wentzel. A set of never-published arch-colonialist photographs of the Belgian Congo, gathered for a legation to National Geographic headquarters by Lt. Pierre Daye in 1920, offer a chilling counterpoint to the other images exhibited.
National Geographic magazine, the Society’s official journal, published in English and 31 local- language editions, is read by more than 50 million people each month. Is it the articles that have made National Geographic one of the world’s most popular journals? Yes, but above all it is their splendid photographic illustrations that are craved. The Society’s mission is to “to inspire people to care about the planet.” This exhibition will examine some of the ways the earliest National Geographic photographers contributed to that cause. National Geographic photographs are renowned for embodying the excitement of seeing for the first time crucial pieces of our diverse planet. For over a century, National Geographic photographers have visited new places with new perspectives and new equipment to capture astounding images.
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. The Society was founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge.” National Geographic reflects the world through its magazines, television programs, films, music and radio, books, DVDs, maps, exhibitions, live events, school publishing programs, interactive media and merchandise. The National Geographic Channel reaches 310 million households in 34 languages in 165 countries. National Geographic Digital Media receives more than 12 million visitors a month. National Geographic has funded more than 9,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geography literacy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.
The World in Black and White: Vintage Photographs from the National Geographic Archivewill be on view September 17th through October 17th, 2009.
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NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC IMAGE SALES TO OFFER RARE, VINTAGE PRINTS, ILLUSTRATIONS FROM EXTENSIVE ARCHIVE IN LIMITED RELEASE
Steven Kasher Gallery Signs on as Exclusive Partner
WASHINGTON (Aug. 12, 2009)—For the first time National Geographic is opening its 11.5 million-image archive to offer a limited series of original photographs and illustrations for purchase by public and private collections through Steven Kasher Gallery, New York. Steven Kasher has signed on as National Geographic’s representative in the fine art market and as exclusive partner for four exhibitions of selected prints from the Society’s Image Collection, beginning with “The World in Black and White: Vintage Prints from the National Geographic Archive,” Sept. 17, 2009, through Oct. 17, 2009.
All works offered for purchase will be unique vintage photographic prints, original illustrations and photographic prints taken directly from the negative; National Geographic will retain digital and publication rights for future use.
The National Geographic Image Collection houses original photographs and illustrations from some of the world’s most renowned photographers and artists, among them Maynard Owen Williams, Volkmar Wentzel, Luis Marden, Sam Abell, Steve McCurry, N.C. Wyeth, Alexandre Iacovleff, Louis Agassiz Fuertes, Roy H. Andersen, Tom Lovell and Thornton Oakley.
Based at National Geographic’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, the extensive archive dates from the Society’s founding in 1888 to the present. The collection is one of the few repositories that documents the late 19th century through the beginnings of the 21stcentury, specializing in social documentation of the world and its inhabitants, with a special emphasis on people, cultures, natural history, the environment, science and the natural world.
Housing images seen in National Geographic magazine as well as outtakes never before published, the collection features images in a variety of formats, from vintage glass-plate negatives, Kodachrome transparencies, 35mm negatives, panoramic and small-format prints to digital files. The Image Collection holds one of the foremost collections of Autochromes, dating from their invention to the end of their production in the 1930s. Among this collection are 40 identified Autochromes from Paul G. Guillumette, a pioneer in the use of early color photography, and the first underwater Autochromes by National Geographic chief photographer Charles Martin, one-time head of National Geographic’s first photography lab.
The collection also features groundbreaking works from such landmark photographers as Marden, whose revolutionary underwater photography techniques, first employed while documenting Jacques Cousteau’s expedition on board the Calypso, are still being used in the field today; and Wentzel, who helped illuminate the world’s knowledge of India and Nepal at a time when those countries remained a mystery to most of the rest of the world.
In addition to vintage prints, the collection also includes the photojournalistic works of such contemporary photographers as Brian Skerry, Annie Griffiths Belt, Jodi Cobb, David Alan Harvey and Michael Nichols, whose coverage runs the gamut from African wildlife and the oceans to women’s issues and countries in transition.
“National Geographic’s Image Collection is a rich, invaluable resource of social documentation of the globe from the Society’s founding in 1888 to our world today,” said Maura Mulvihill, vice president and director of the Image Collection for National Geographic Society. “Our decision to release a select number of these photographs is motivated by our underlying hope to share this incredible resource with the public and create a new avenue toward reaching fresh audiences.”
The first exhibition at Steven Kasher Gallery will display 150 unique black-and-white prints from more than a dozen photographers, spanning the earliest days of the Society through the 1940s. Included will be works from the Alexander Graham Bell collection (tetrahedral flight experiments, ca. 1900), Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden (Sicily, ca. 1905), Herbert Ponting (Antarctica, 1906), George Tairraz (Alpine panoramas, 1890s), Maynard Owen Willams and B. Anthony Stewart (West Virginia, 1938) and others. Each photographer will be represented by a “story” comprising 10 to 15 pictures.
The four exhibitions will be curated by Steven Kasher, with input from National Geographic. For more information on Steven Kasher Gallery, visit stevenkasher.com.
Images of photographs and prints that will be available for purchase and on exhibit are on the ftp site: http://ftp.nationalgeographic.com/pressroom/image_collection_kasherusername: press | password: press
About the National Geographic Image Collection
The National Geographic Image Collection based at National Geographic Society headquarters in Washington, D.C., houses more than 11.5 million images from National Geographic staff and freelance photographers, including rare and never-before-seen photographs and illustrations. Specializing in the subjects of people, cultures, natural history, science, the environment and the natural world, the Image Collection is one of the foremost repositories of social documentation of the late 19th century through the 21st century. For information on image sales, call (800) 434-2244, email email@example.com or visit ngsimages.com.
About National Geographic
The National Geographic Society is one of the world’s largest nonprofit scientific and educational organizations. Founded in 1888 to “increase and diffuse geographic knowledge,” the Society works to inspire people to care about the planet. It reaches more than 370 million people worldwide each month through its official journal, National Geographic, and other magazines; National Geographic Channel; television documentaries; music; radio; films; books; DVDs; maps; exhibitions; live events; school publishing programs; interactive media; and merchandise. National Geographic has funded more than 9,000 scientific research, conservation and exploration projects and supports an education program promoting geographic literacy. For more information, visit nationalgeographic.com.