© Joel Sartore
Organized in collaboration with National Geographic magazine, The Power of Photography: National Geographic 125 Years celebrated the iconic publication’s 125-year anniversary. National Geographic is the official journal of the National Geographic Society and is long renowned for its stunning images. The magazine celebrated 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 commemorative issue, the Annenberg Space for Photography presented The Power of Photography, a special print and digital exhibition that included two documentaries. From iconic images to portraits; landscapes to natural history, the exhibit offered a wide range of photographic genres and themes.
The curation and installation of The Power of Photography departed from previous Photography Space exhibit designs, with mosaics of more than 400 images documenting the history of National Geographic photography from 1888 to the present time adorning the walls. An extensive digital installation also showcased over 500 images.
The exhibit featured an original documentary commissioned by the Annenberg Space for Photography and produced by Arclight Productions that profiles six renowned photographers whose work appeared 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 offers insights into the creation of inspiring images that reveal the unseen, unknown and unexpected layers of our world.