On Friday, October 11, Museum of Art Fort Collins will open the traveling exhibition “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic,” which showcases some of National Geographic’s most compelling photographs. From Steve McCurry’s unforgettable Afghan girl to Nick Nichols’ iconic image of Jane Goodall and chimpanzee to Thomas Abercrombie’s never-before-seen view of Mecca, the exhibition includes some of National Geographic magazine’s mostremembered and celebrated photographs from its nearly 130 year history.

Photo by Thomas J. Abercrombie

In addition to seeing the photographs as they appeared in the magazine, visitors to the exhibition will learn the stories behind the photos and more about the photographers themselves. For some images, visitors will be able to see the “near frames” taken by the photographer: the sequence of images made in the field before and after the perfect shot. In-depth videos of the photographers and their process will also shed light on how some of these extraordinary photographs were created. “It is such a pleasure to bring 50 Greatest Photographs from National Geographic to Northern Colorado as these images have changed the way that we see the world; its people, culture, animals and landscape,” says Lisa Hatchadoorian, Executive Director.

Support for this exhibition comes from: Eye Center of Northern Colorado, City of Fort Collins Fort Fund, DaVInci Sign Systems, Dr. Peter Springberg, Jim Fazio- Edward Jones, Fort Collins Magazine, Loveland Reporter-Herald, KUNC, KRFC, Dr. Daniel Ostergren, Audiologist and Jay’s Bistro.