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Leaping Armadillos And Atomic Bombs: National Geographic's Greatest Hits

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As far as photo editing goes, this was a serious challenge. National Geographic just released a new book featuring 500 pages of their best photography, which had to be whittled down to a mere nine photos for The Picture Show. That's nothing, though. The real challenge was for National Geographic editors, who had to dig through 11.5 million photos spanning the 120 years of their photographic history.

Page after page, National Geographic Image Collection offers both iconic and never-before-seen photography, from the earliest days of glass plate autochromes to contemporary digital images from outer space. To coincide with the book's publication, an exhibition of nearly 90 images from the book will be on display at National Geographic in Washington, D.C., through April 12, 2010.

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