Book cover photo by Michael Nichols/National Geographic
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.
Underwater view of a Moken diver holding a sea star, and others swimming.
Nicolas Reynard/National Geographic
Tiger and leopard skins on display, Singapore, 1939
J. Baylor Roberts/National Geographic
People and bears eye each other in Yellowstone. Wyoming, 1950s
Andrew H. Brown/National Geographic
A mahout, or elephant keeper, brushes his elephant's teeth. Ceylon, India, 1966
Gilbert M. Grosvenor/National Geographic
A helicopter surveys the face of the Hubbard Glacier.
Chris Johns/National Geographic
The second atomic bomb is tested in Operation Crossroads. Bikini Atoll, 1946
A leaping armadillo, Florida, 1982
Bianca Lavies/National Geographic
From its craggy winter haunts, a mountain goat peers at an intruder.
Michael S. Quinton/National Geographic
A development features houses equipped with telescope domes.
Jim Richardson/National Geographic
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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.