50 Greatest Photographs by National Geographic Exhibition

Burnie City Council and the Burnie Regional Art Gallery are very excited to announce the Australian premiere of the National Geographic Society’s travelling exhibition, which brings 50 of its most celebrated photographs published in the magazine, from Washington D.C. to Burnie Tasmania.

The international touring exhibition will be shown in Burnie between 20 January and 15 April 2018.

Founded in 1888, the National Geographic Society is one of the largest nonprofit scientific and educational institutions in the world. The Society’s interests include geography, archaeology and natural science, the promotion of environmental and historical conservation, and the study of world culture and history.

The exhibition showcases many of the most compelling images published in the history of the magazine, National Geographic, which is the official magazine of the National Geographic Society, continuously published since its first issue in 1888.

This exhibition will transport visitors behind the lens of some of National Geographic’s most engaging images. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl, to Michael “Nick” Nichols’s iconic photograph of Jane Goodall and a chimpanzee, to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition features 50 of the magazine’s most remembered and celebrated photographs from its almost 130-year history.

In addition to seeing the photographs as they appeared in the magazine, exhibition visitors will learn the stories behind the photos, and more about the photographers themselves. For some images, visitors will be able to see the “near frames” taken by the photographer: the sequence of images made in the field before and after the perfect shot.

Burnie City Council Deputy Mayor Alvwyn Boyd, said “It is very exciting that Burnie is able host these types of world class exhibitions. The outstanding success of the Da Vinci Machines exhibition in 2014, and Michelangelo in 2016, certainly demonstrated that there is a desire within the community to see major events of this calibre.”

“Last year, people travelled from around the state to see the Michelangelo exhibition and I have no doubt that this will happen again when 50 Greatest Photographs by National Geographic arrives in our city.”

Gallery Director Geoff Dobson said “The exhibition will have a huge impact on our community, with cultural, historical and ethical undertones.  Many of the images will be familiar to visitors, however the accompanying stories, near and far frames, and video messages will provide a whole new level of engagement for visitors.”

“The photographs will be printed to approximately 4 foot by 3 foot, and therefore take up the entire gallery. It will be a spectacle in itself to see all these iconic images in the one place at the one time.”

 “We will provide an array of creative learning initiatives in association with this exhibition, and have education resources available for schools in the district.”

For further information please contact

Janine Phillips
Communications Officer
Burnie City Council
03 6430 5716 or 0448 568 728

Email: jphillips@burnie.net