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National Geographic Photographs: Then and Now

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A hundred years have passed since the first National Geographic writers and photographers began to explore the most fascinating places in the world. And as decade succeeded decade and visit followed visit, they created a unique record of a world transformed by time's passage- sometimes in subtle, almost imperceptible detail, at other times in ways nothing short of extraordinary.

Photographs: Then and Now displays past and present side by side to produce a remarkable, resonant ...

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Overview

A hundred years have passed since the first National Geographic writers and photographers began to explore the most fascinating places in the world. And as decade succeeded decade and visit followed visit, they created a unique record of a world transformed by time's passage- sometimes in subtle, almost imperceptible detail, at other times in ways nothing short of extraordinary.

Photographs: Then and Now displays past and present side by side to produce a remarkable, resonant reflection of people and places as they were once, and as they are today. Culled from National Geographic's vast archive, these carefully selected pairs of photographs- one vintage, the other contemporary- take us to every part of our planet and show us what has changed and what has stayed the same. Chapter by chapter, region by region, we see both time and the world itself unfold in unique perspective, a stunning panorama of images that's thought provoking and evocative, utterly fascinating and unforgettably spectacular.

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Library Journal
This beautiful, large-format volume benefits from the quality of National Geographic's exceptional photo archives, though it reflects the oft-noted NG shortcoming of superb visuals burdened by less-than-inspired text. The value here is in the juxtaposition of historic photographs, some in black and white or sepia, with contemporary portraits of similar places and people. These images often portray cultures in transition. The work, lifestyle, dress, and villages depicted in early prints as evidence of "purer" cultures now collide with the global materialism and corporate marketing that seem intent on bringing logo-drenched T-shirts and television to every corner of the world. The book is usefully divided by region: North America, Central and South America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, Oceania, and the Poles. Its strengths are the technical standard and quality of composition found in virtually every photograph. Recommended for its glimpses of cultures near and far, then and now.--David Bryant, New Canaan P.L., CT
School Library Journal
YA-National Geographic began publication in 1888 and so can rightly boast of more than a century's penetration of American homes, waiting rooms, and libraries. This handsome volume displays the cream of its enormous collection of images from early black-and-white photographs to those produced with today's digital technology. The collection is broken down into natural geographic sections, commencing with North America and ranging continentally through to the polar regions. Each picture has an excellent caption that provides explanation and insight. The photographer's name, the year the picture was taken, and location are included. A sort of super issue of the magazine itself, the book offers a satisfying variety of visual wonders. There are extraordinary aerial shots of the world's great cities by night, religious services of many varieties, celebrations of all sorts, presentations of diverse cultures and sceneries, and many vivid forms of portraiture. A stunning array of photographic history.-Frances Reiher, Fairfax County Public Library, VA
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Arrangement of this compendium of photos and text is according to eight regions of the world. Each chapter begins with an essay by a veteran National Geographic writer or photographer who recounts his or her experiences covering that area over time. Following the essay, each double-page section contains a collection of images, including many pairings of "then" and "now," with explanatory captions. Excerpts from some of the magazine's articles demonstrate the "then" and "now" of the magazine's coverage. No bibliography. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780792272021
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/1/1998
  • Pages: 304
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 11.26 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.11 (d)

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