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Flying in to Jackson Hole, WY can sometimes be a dicey experience, skirting the Grand Tetons. On my way there now for the Photography at the Summit Workshop-- and hoping for a smooth landing! Apparently it's snowing there now. It's an incredibly beautiful place for a workshop, with a great staff and faculty. #photographyatthesummit
Today is the last day to purchase a signed print of my image of Venice, Italy during @natgeocreative’s Flash Sale. Click on the link in my profile to see the full collection of globetrotting prints available for $100. Don't miss out!
An iconic view of Venice from Piazza San Marco, seen through the veil of a woman in carnival costume. This photograph, as well as images by 25 of my colleagues at National Geographic, are available until September 16 in a Flash Sale of signed prints. Visit the link in my profile to see them all. @natgeocreative@natgeo@thephotosociety#venice
FLASH SALE! National Geographic’s Flash Print Sale is now live — and includes my photograph of Venice seen through the veil of a carnival costume. Visit the link in my profile to see all of the signed prints available until September 16. Beautiful works by amazing photographers. Check it out!
As Americans celebrate the Labor Day holiday, please spare a thought for the 150 million children worldwide (UNICEF estimate) engaged in child labor. Little construction worker in the country of Benin. Thousands of children in West Africa end up in slavery in the abuse of an old tradition of sending village children to the cities to work in exchange for an education. Instead, they end up as unpaid workers in homes, factories and construction sites. #childlabor#laborday@natgeo@thephotosociety
Princess Diana, London 1987
From my archives. She died 20 years ago today.
Hiroshima, Japan. 72 years ago today, the first atomic weapon of wartime use was detonated. A Japanese schoolboy gazes at bomb victims portrayed at Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Museum a few years ago when I photographed that city for National Geographic. Visitors move silently here, as did survivors so badly burned that skin and clothing hung in rags. @natgeo@thephotosociety#hiroshima
Hiroshima, Japan. Ground zero. A woman and child ride past the memorial plaque that commemorates those who died during the World War II atomic bombing of the city. 72 years ago today, from six miles above this street, the first atomic weapon of wartime use was detonated. #hiroshima@natgeo@thephotosociety
New York City light show just now.
Happy Mother's Day! Thinking about my grandmother Ruby Violet, shown top left in this picture, undated but probably around 1900, taken in the American Deep South. Found this in the "Family Archive" -- big boxes of hundreds of loose prints from mom's attic. Does anyone have any idea of what might be happening in this image? #mothersday@natgeo@natgeocreative
Unseasonal Acqua Alta (high water in English) in Venice today--it usually occurs in autumn. This photograph was taken on assignment for @natgeo a couple years ago in Piazza San Marco (St. Mark’s Place) for the article "Vanishing Venice." That iconic square is the lowest place in Venice, and becomes deceptively beautiful when flooded. Acqua Alta is caused by when seasonal rain, astronomical tides and strong winds combine to interfere with the water outflow from the lagoon. The first record of this phenomenon was in the year 782 and it has been documented ever since, with the record level in 1966 of 6.4 feet. Human activity has contributed to the other natural causes: subsidence (natural sinking of soil level) and rising sea levels. #Venice#acquaalta@natgeo@thephotosociety
Flying into San Francisco for my National Geographic Live presentation a few days ago. The Salt Pans are a stunning and unexpected surprise out the window on approach to the airport. @natgeo@thephotosociety#sanfrancisco
"Sing sing” dancers, Papua New Guinea, 1998.
Dancers at a sing sing in the highlands of Papua New Guinea take a break. There are over 800 distinct language groups on the island, and these communities have lived for hundreds of years with their unique history, knowledge and cultural practices. But they were often at war with each other, and the sing sings were organized by the government in 1957 in an attempt at pacification—with mixed results. Caution: smoking can be hazardous to your health. From my archives, photographed for a National Geographic article on beauty and what it means in various cultures around the world. @natgeo@thephotosociety#papuanewguinea#travel#culture
Niagara Falls looks so tiny flying into Toronto for my National Geographic Live presentation Thursday.
#Repost@gdybenko with @repostapp
Phenomenal National Geographic Live lecture by Jodi Cobb @jodicobbphoto . Outstanding pictures and insights. A life well spent. Thanks so much for bringing your work to us in Waterloo.
Secret Service agents stop a man from reaching President Jimmy Carter and Rosalynn Carter during their walk down Pennsylvania Avenue after his swearing-in ceremony. Astonishing change in the number of Secret Service agents lining the parade route and surrounding the President today. From my archives. @thephotosociety@natgeo
Ronald and Nancy Reagan wave after swearing in ceremony at the US Capitol in 1981. Outgoing President Jimmy Carter and Vice President Walter Mondale at left, Vice President George Bush at right. It was about that moment that the American hostages in Iran were released. From my archives--history. It was a lifetime ago in so many ways. #inauguration@thephotosociety
Ice storm right now in Washington DC. My geraniums didn't stand a chance. But they had a long and happy life. iPhone.
From the archives. The sealed lips of a Japanese geisha symbolize the secrecy of her world. Some years ago I spent six months over a three-year period documenting the hidden lives of these women who are now considered the guardians of the highest of Japanese traditional culture in an ever-evolving role in society. I was the first photographer given access to their geisha houses, dances and parties. A geisha trains her entire life in the arts of music, dance, tea ceremony and conversational skills, as her main job is to entertain at the business functions of the richest and most powerful men of Japan. There are very few geisha today (no one knows how many), down from 80,000 in the 1920’s, and now they enter that world by personal choice. But as I got to know the older geisha, I found that many had not entered the geisha world by choice, but by adversity and even tragedy—sold by destitute parents, or abandoned, or born to a prostitute or courtesan. But through discipline and talent the geisha created a life of beauty, becoming the image of the perfect woman, a living work of art. And that was the source of her pride, and her survival. From my book “Geisha: the Life, the Voices, the Art.” @thephotosociety#geisha
Happy Halloween! Christmas in Bethlehem, 1982. In a bit of cultural dislocation, Palestinian kids surrounded by soldiers on the street in Bethlehem. A period of great unrest in the West Bank.
Stuck in Atlanta airport after endless delays, thank you Delta. Trying to think about other, better places, like Hawaii where I photographed these record waves in 2014.
And now for your moment of zen.....a tree reflected in the window of a Buddhist temple in Seoul, South Korea.
From the archives, editing for my retrospective book. Tourists coming ashore in French Polynesia. @ Thephotosociety #tahiti
I’ve worked in 65 countries during my long career at National Geographic, and it’s been fascinating to watch the dramatic changes in so many places, especially those that had been immune to post-industrial influences for a long time. A group in Papua New Guinea hitches a ride to a "sing sing” in the highlands. They will perform their songs and dances at a huge gathering of tribal peoples, originally begun to try to pacify these warring tribes. A beautiful and surreal sight, almost like a vase of flowers on wheels. #papuanewguinea@thephotosociety