The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years
Saturday, October 26th, 2013 to Sunday, April 27th, 2014

The Annenberg Space for Photography today announced its next exhibition, The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years. Organized in collaboration with National Geographic magazine, the exhibit celebrates the iconic publication’s 125 year anniversary. National Geographic magazine is the official journal of the National Geographic Society. Long renowned for its stunning images, the magazine will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a special commemorative October 2013 issue, highlighting its ongoing dedication towards using the power of photography to explore, educate, inspire, document and preserve the world around us. In conjunction with the October issue, the Annenberg Space for Photography will present The Power of Photography, a special print and digital exhibition, as well as two documentaries. From iconic images to portraits; landscapes to natural history, the exhibit will offer a wide range of photographic genres and themes free to the public for six months, beginning October 26, 2013 through April 27, 2014.

“For 125 years now, National Geographic has been a place where art and insight and a deep cultural understanding come together – a place where we can be astonished and inspired by the world all around us. I can’t think of a greater partner for the Annenberg Space for Photography – or a greater model of what photojournalism can achieve. Especially at a time when print journalism is under siege, I’m thrilled that we’ll be able to showcase so many powerful, profound images from the pages of National Geographic. I’m delighted that the exhibit will be as cutting-edge and as multi-media-savvy as both of our institutions strive to be. Above all, I’m proud to join with National Geographic in celebrating this simple principle: that we are all stewards of this remarkable planet,” says Wallis Annenberg,
Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation.

The curation and installation of The Power of Photography departs from previous Photography Space exhibit designs. Mosaics of more than 400 images documenting the history of National Geographic photography from 1888 to the present time will adorn the walls. In addition, an extensive digital installation will showcase 500-plus images. Thirty professional-grade large format LED monitors will be arranged to create video walls throughout the Photography Space galleries. These six video walls, ranging from 12 to 14 feet in width, will present both individual images and photographic essays. Given the volume of photographs on the screens, and a format in which the images loop at different times throughout the galleries, the viewing experience will be unique to each visitor and each visit.

“National Geographic's photographic archive spans 125 years and includes more than 11.5 million images,” said Sarah Leen, Director of Photography for National Geographic Magazine. “In order to truly capture the breadth and depth of the collection we decided to create a show with 501 images alternating on screens, along with a selection of prints and print mosaics. The result not only reflects the general move in photography and the magazine toward digital imagery, but allows for a dynamic, immersive and richer experience of our archive of photographs. The Annenberg Space for Photography has been a wonderfully collaborative and creative partner in breathing life into this idea, which has been a labor of love for all of us.”

The exhibit will feature an original documentary commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography and produced by Arclight Productions that profiles six renowned photographers whose work appears in the October National Geographic issue: Lynsey Addario, Marcus Bleasdale, David Guttenfelder, Abelardo Morell, Joel Sartore and Martin Schoeller. Through interviews, images and behind-the-scenes footage along with commentary from National Geographic editors, the film will offer insights into the creation of inspiring images that reveal the unseen, unknown and unexpected layers of our world. In addition, the Photography Space will also screen a short compilation video comprised of photographers talking about the power of photography and what inspires their work. This compilation will be complemented by a series of longer video interviews with 20 photographers represented in the exhibit and a loop of milestone content videos created over the past several years for the magazine’s digital edition.

Lynsey Addario

An American photojournalist based in London, Lynsey Addario photographs for The New York Times, National Geographic and Time Magazine.

In 2000, she traveled to Afghanistan under Taliban rule to document life and oppression under the Taliban. She has since covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, Congo, and Libya, and shoots features across the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa. In 2012 and 2011, Addario was named one of “150 Fearless Women” by Newsweek magazine; and in 2010, she was one of 20 honorees on Oprah Winfrey's “O Power List.”

Marcus Bleasdale

Marcus Bleasdale is a British photojournalist who uses his work to influence policy makers around the world. He spent over twelve years covering the conflict within the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo. His work on human rights and conflict has been shown at the United States Senate, The U.S. House of Representatives, The United Nations and the Houses of Parliament in the United Kingdom.

Marcus' work has appeared in the New Yorker, The New York Times, The Telegraph Magazine, Le Monde, Time, Newsweek and National Geographic Magazine. His photography exhibitions include "The Rape of a Nation" and he has published two books: One Hundred Years of Darkness and The Rape of a Nation.

Marcus has been awarded The UNICEF Photographer of the Year Award, The OPC Olivier Rebbot Award for Best Foreign Reporting and the POYi Magazine Photographer of the Year award.

David Guttenfelder

Photojournalist David Guttenfelder is a graduate from the University of Iowa with a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology, African Studies, and Journalism. He began his career as a freelance photographer in East Africa after studying Swahili at the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania.

Guttenfelder is currently based in Tokyo where he serves as chief photographer for Associated Press Asia. As an Associated Press photographer, Guttenfelder has previously been based in Africa and the Middle East. He has covered a wide range of news events including the genocide in Rwanda and the wars in Kosovo, Afghanistan & Iraq. He also covered the Israeli Palestinian conflict, the 2008 election of President Obama as well as the tsunami & nuclear disaster in Japan.

Guttenfelder was the 2013 International Center for photography Infinity Prize recipient for photojournalism. He is a seven-time World Press Photo award winner and Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association have both named him Photojournalist of the Year. He is a seven-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Guttenfelder’s work from Afghanistan is part of the exhibition War/Photography featured at the the Annenberg Space For Photography in 2013. He is currently working on his fifth story for National Geographic Magazine.

Abelardo Morell

Abelardo Morell was born in Havana, Cuba in 1948 and immigrated to the United States with his parents in 1962. Morell received his undergraduate degree in 1977 from Bowdoin College and an MFA from The Yale University School of Art in 1981. In 1997 he received an honorary degree from Bowdoin College.

He has been the recipient of a number of awards and grants including the Cintas grant, the Guggenheim fellowship, the Rappaport Prize and a grant from the Alturas Foundation grant to photograph the landscape of West Texas. He was the recipient of the International Center of Photography 2011 Infinity award in Art.

His work has been collected and shown in many galleries, institutions and museums, including the Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, The Chicago Art Institute, The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Houston Museum of Art, The Boston Museum of Fine Art and The Victoria & Albert Museum. A retrospective of his work organized jointly by the Art Institute of Chicago, The J. Paul Getty Museum and The High Museum will be on view in the summer of 2013.

Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic Fellow, and a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine.

Sartore specializes in the founder of The Photo Ark, a multi-year documentary project to save species and habitat. He has written several books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky and Let’s Be Reasonable.

Sartore has contributed to National Geographic magazine, Audubon Magazine, Time, Life, Newsweek, Sports Illustrated. Sartore 's work has been the subject of several national broadcasts including National Geographic’s Explorer, NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Weekend Edition and the PBS documentary, At Close Range. He is also a regular contributor on CBS News Sunday Morning.

Martin Schoeller

New York-based photographer Martin Schoeller grew up in Germany and began his career in New York City as an assistant to Annie Leibovitz in 1993. Schoeller advanced as a freelance photographer producing portraits of people he met on the street.

In 1999, Schoeller joined The New Yorker as a contributing portrait photographer, where he continues to produce his award-winning images. His work has appeared in National Geographic magazine, Time, Rolling Stone, Esquire, GQ, Entertainment Weekly, Vouge, Vanity Fair and W magazine.

His portraits have been exhibited internationally, including several solo shows in Europe and the U.S. and are included in the permanent collection of the Smithsonian Institution's National Portrait Gallery.