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Behind National Geographic's worldwide reputation as a powerhouse of photography lies one of the finest, most extensive, and most unique graphic resources on Earth: the National Geographic Image Collection.

For the first time ever, readers will plumb the fascinating depths of this immense archive from the earliest photographs collected in the late 19th century to the cutting-edge work of today.

Both iconic and never-before-seen images from virtually every corner of the globe, every species of wildlife, and amazing human achievements in exploration, adventure, science, and more are showcased and placed in historic, artistic, technical, and journalistic context.

Following this lavish visual journey, readers will be awed by a behind-the-scenes profile of the collection, its size, its richly diverse character, and its special collections, ranging from delicate and beautiful Autochromes to the famous Alexander Graham Bell collection and the amazing stratosphere collection. Fine artwork and imaginative illustrations are also featured.

Finally, a list of photographers whose work is represented stands as a fitting tribute to those without whose tireless and brilliant efforts the Collection would not exist.


  • Hardcover
  • 512 pages, 450 color and black-and-white photographs
  • 9 1/2" x 11 1/2"
  • © 2009

Author Info

Leah Bendavid-Val is director of photography publishing for National Geographic Books. She is the author of five books on photography including Song Without Words.

Michelle Anne Delaney is an associate curator in the Photographic History Collection, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian Institution.

Maura Mulvihill is a vice president and director of the Image Collection at National Geographic, where she has worked for 30 years.

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I love this book!


I love coffee table books & this one is the best! National Geographic always has the most wonderful, beautiful pictures and easy to follow content. I am so happy with this image book! I would recommend it to everyone I know!

Debbie the reader

Hernando, MS


Image Collection


Great photographs for use with children K-5 in the school library. Use for mini-geography lessons to enrich and stimulate.


Merced, CA


Simply could not put it down!!


I am easily transported to the various areas of the world through these pictures. The images are beautifully done.


Brunswick, GA


OUTSTANDING collection!!


After perusing this book for a LONG time, it now has a PERMANENT position on my coffee table! Outstanding photographs (mostly color), faithfully & beautifully reproduced. Large size, but not overly large. Can't think of anything bad to say. Most HIGHLY recommended!

'Chris the Christian'

Owings Mills, MD


It will pull at your heartstrings.


This is a book you could keep for a lifetime. It takes you to places and shows you things beyond your expectations. Beautiful and emotional like nothing else.


Walker, MI


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