National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West

October 27, 2012 through March 10, 2013 – Special Exhibition Gallery

 

© Jim Richardson/National Geographic Stock, Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah, 2008.

 © William Albert Allard/National Geographic Stock, Nevada Cowboy Brian Morris, 1970.  © Jim Richardson/National Geographic Stock, Haying, Nebraska, 2004.

Booth Western Art Museum is one of 10 museums nationwide to host simultaneously the National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West exhibition. Including approximately 75 photos, the exhibit spans over 125 years of Western history and is organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and Museums West Consortium. Presented nationally by the Mays Family Foundation and locally by Showcase Photo & Video and Nikon. 

National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West illustrates the extremes to which photographers push themselves to achieve original photographs. The oldest image in the exhibition is an 1873 stereographic image of Colorado’s Mountain of the Holy Cross by William Henry Jackson, shot after hauling hundreds of pounds of photography equipment up the 1500-foot ascent. Other photographers in the exhibit have endured similar hardships, from dangerous aerial maneuvers to simply hours and hours of waiting for the right moment to shoot.

While capturing extreme perspectives of the West, these photographs also create an accurate and compelling pictorial history of Western expansion, including Native American culture and conservation efforts. A National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West companion book, featuring 125 photographs that have been rarely or never published before, will be on sale at the Booth Museum store. 

To view additonal photographs from the exhibit click here. For more information about the National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West exhibition, call 770-387-1300.

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