In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits
October 30, 2010 - January 2, 2011
Created by National Geographic and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, In Focus reveals that it is possible to portray the essence of people and places in two dimensions.
For well over 100 years, the name National Geographic has been synonymous with compelling photography. In Focus brings together a rare collection of expressive portraits and scenes from around the world and here at home. This collection of outstanding images, shot from the early 20th century to the late 1990s, not only parallels the Society's interest in the ethnographic study of "exotic" lands, but also reveals the magazine's idealized view of domestic life in the United States during the Great Depression and World War II.
From Steve McCurry's haunting image of the green-eyed Afghan girl to lesser known scenes of tribal leaders, fishermen, and American workers, In Focus takes viewers around the globe and through the heights and depths of human emotion.
In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits was created by National Geographic and the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History and is organized for travel by the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service.
In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits is made possible in part by a grant from the Michigan Humanities Council, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this exhibition and related programs do not necessarily reflect those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Michigan Humanities Council.
Steve McCurry, 1985
In 2002, National Geographic relocated Sharbat Gulu, now in her 30s with three children, in the remote Pushtun region of Afghanistan.
B. Anthony Stewart, 1940
Boys bob for apples at the Apple Harvest Festival in Martinsburg, West Virginia.
U.S. Army Photo, 1945
The men of the 89th Division, U.S. Third Army, cross the Rhine River at Oberwesal, Germany.
Thomas J. Abercrombie, 1968
Caged goldfinches ride on the head of a veiled woman in Kabul, Afghanistan.
John Scofield, 1961
A celebrant in cardboard ears and horn portrays a Mardi Gras devil in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.
M. Branger & Sons, 1921
A neighborly conversation takes place between two women in French Indochina.
Dick Durrance II, 1971
A Zulu couple, carrying an umbrella to protect against marauders, walks ten miles from their village to the market.
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