- Gebundene Ausgabe: 352 Seiten
- Verlag: National Geographic (6. November 2012)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1426209576
- ISBN-13: 978-1426209574
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 24,1 x 3,4 x 28,4 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 127.137 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
National Geographic 125 Years: Legendary Photographs, Adventures, and Discoveries That Changed the World (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. November 2012
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"Features some of the most iconic stories and photographs from writers, explorers and photographers for the National Geographic Society... the best of the best." —The Chronicle Herald
"Over 600 of the best images printed by the publication... miraculously manages to pack all of the most memorable reports and features." —NYLON Magazine
"Celebrates the best of National Geographic through 600-plus photographs—some of which have never been published before." —The Globe and Mail
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MARK COLLINS JENKINS is the former chief historian of the National Geographic Society's archives. He is the author of The Book of Marvels, Vampire Forensics, Worlds to Explore, and High Adventure. The author lives in Fredericksburg, Virginia.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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And while this book about the first 125 years of National Geographic may not have the most spectacular and beautiful photographs that have appeared in the journal over its first century and a quarter, it has a bunch of them. It also has a selection of many of the trail breaking examples of photographs to appear in magazine format.
The purpose of the National Geographic Society was to disperse Geographic Information to the world. The National Geographic Magazine is technically the Society's Journal.
It was Gilbert H. Grosvenor who "built the National Geographic Society into an extraordinarily successful institution. And he did so by emphasizing too things. One, he made pictures the language of the National Geographic magazine...And two, he stressed quality." The magazine editor wanted to see pictures and plenty of them.
Within this book the reader will see pictures of the photographers at work with the latest cameras of the period, including the digital cameras they mostly use today.
There is a 1909 photo of photographer O.D. Von Engeh during a Society Sponsored-expedition to Alaska. He is washing his freshly developed film negatives in the iceberg-choked seawater of the bay. On page 77, there is a wonderful 1910 hand colored black and white photo of a young, would-be rock star Japanese girl in traditional dress singing at the top of her lungs and playing a three-stringed samisen. The picture looks like it could have been taken yesterday as far as typifying a young musician's dream. Those images and the Autochrome (self-coloring) ones began appearing in National Geographic in July 1914. The era of color magazine photography had arrived.
The paper that National Geographic is printed on is guaranteed to last for at least 200 years.
How's that for quality printing?
This is a fascinating book about how the National Geographic Society and its Journal and other publications came about. It's a fun read and illustrated history of history.
While this joke isn't included in this book, in the 1950s and 1960s there was a joke about the photographers of LIFE Magazine and the National Geographic. The Geographic photographer would climb to the top of a pile of trash and garbage in order to take his beautiful color photos from the higher perch. The LIFE photographer would stand back and photograph the garbage.
This book deals with the beautiful pictures and people of the planet, and it's only recently that Geographic has been photographing pollution and trash and even then the pictures are often beautiful.
But the content of the book itself is too enjoyable to remove even half a star for something so minor. A detailed history of the Society and its explorers (even the more minor ones get their due), beautifully illustrated with photos and graphics, offering a look at how the magazine and society have changed over the past century-plus. To longtime subscribers (and/or younger geo-nerds like myself who've inherited older issues from relatives), it's fun to read through all of the highlights of those past decades, blow-by-blow, and try to guess which milestone is next. An excellent book and a worthy successor to C.D.B. Bryan's centennial history of the Society. On to 150!
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