National Geographic’s “Rarely Seen: Photographs of The Extraordinary”

National Geographic’s “Rarely Seen: Photographs of The Extraordinary”

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Ask any reader of National Geographic magazine “Why do you subscribe?” and you’ll be told “It’s the photos, stupid!”

Although the magazine features some of the best-written stories about people and places you’ll find in any periodical, it has always been the photos used to illustrate the stories that has set off “NG” from other monthly publications.

An unexpected re-routing of a weekly hike that a local group that I recently joined does every Friday led me to discover yet more evidence of the preeminence of National Geographic photographers.

Normally the Friday hike is a loop from a local coffee shop near my home in Eugene, Oregon to one of the city’s parks and back. But I learned that on the first Friday of each month the group makes a long “detour” and has lunch somewhere before returning to the hike’s starting point.

This past week that “First Friday” deviation from the usual path took us to the Museum of Natural and Cultural History on the campus of the University of Oregon. While the museum has a number of “Oregon-themed” exhibits, we went there to see, and be astounded by, a very special set of National Geographic images: “Rarely Seen: Photographs of The Extraordinary.” If you happen to be in Eugene between now and Sunday, September 24, 2017, it will be well worth your while to “detour” onto campus to view these photos.

I’d be a “spoiler” if I even tried to describe even one of these truly striking works of photographic art, although I will rely upon the doctrine of “Fair Use” to show you this one example from the exhibition.

If you miss seeing them in Eugene, head to Provo, Utah, where they will on display at the City Library from October 14, 2017 – December 30, 2017.

Fortunately, you are not completely out of luck if you are not able to travel to either of those Western U.S. cities this year.

The bad news is that there apparently are no further public showings in the offing.

But the good news is that you need not leave your front door, let alone travel, to view the photos “up close and personal.”

If you want to show them off on your coffee table, or give a lover of fine photography a fine gift, the book of the same name, Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary, that accompanied the exhibition, is available directly from the National Geographic Store, from, and at least some retail booksellers.

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