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National Geographic celebrates 125 years of photography with Tumblr

By dpreview staff on Mar 8, 2013 at 20:45 GMT

The National Geographic Society continues to celebrate its 125th anniversary, and has launched a Tumblr blog called 'Found', which hosts a curated collection of photos from the National Geographic archives. The curation is done by Nat Geo's William Bonner who has been scanning through the company's extensive photography archive in the basement of its Washington, D.C. headquarters.

The posted photos are a mix of nostalgia and eccentricity. The following photo of Alexander Graham Bell, kissing his wife Mabel within a tetrahedral kite is a good example.

Alexander Graham Bell kissing his wife Mabel, within a tetrahedral kite, in 1903.
Photo courtesy: Library Of Congress

The company explains, 'In honor of our 125th anniversary, we are showcasing photographs that reveal cultures and moments of the past. Many of these photos have never been published and are rarely seen by the public. Their beauty has been lost to the outside world for years and many of the images are missing their original date or location.'

Jules Geravais Courtellemont captured this photos of a woman dressed for a bullfight in August 1924.  Thomas Abercrombie's photograph from August 1973 of Tuareg goatherds drinking tea  at Hassi Izernene.

There are currently only 13 images on the Found Tumblr gallery, but to keep up to date as new pictures are added, you can, follow the progress here. Meanwhile, we promise to regularly reblog some of the images on DPReview's Tumblr blog for our followers.

View of the Taj Mahal with the backdrop of the Yamuna rive (sometimes called as the Jumna River) photographed by Jules Geravais Courtellemont in 1923.

Those interested in purchasing these prints can visit the 125th anniversary photos store here.

Photographer Maynard Owen Williams captures his own reflection in a cut-out silhouette window display.

Comments

Total comments: 7
Neodp
By Neodp (Mar 15, 2013)

My retouched photograph of Hans Hildenbrand, National Geographic.
Gellert Bath, swimming pool on the banks of the Danube, January 1930.

http://img822.imageshack.us/img822/9697/nationalgeographic1930r.jpg

Hotel Gellert Baths, Budapest - Hungary, *TODAY*...

http://www.tunliweb.no/Bilder_SM/_album_budapest/DSCN0378_1024pixel.jpg

From:

http://www.tunliweb.no/SM/alb_budapest.htm

Maps:
http://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF8&cid=9044109574646456793&q=Danubius+Hotel+Gellért+BUdapest&iwloc=A&gl=US&hl=en

Zoom, and pan left a tiny bit. ;)

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Neodp
By Neodp (Mar 15, 2013)

http://www.tunliweb.no/Bilder_SM/_album_budapest/DSCN0379_1024pixel.jpg

The other side.

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Neodp
By Neodp (Mar 16, 2013)

I choose to leave the contrast, and vignetting, for effect.

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chillgreg
By chillgreg (Mar 10, 2013)

Looks like Bonner had a bonfire of whacky weed going on down in his basement. Out of the millions of wondrous photos that must be in their archive, he dug up these boring images?

Might as well go raid my grandfather's cardboard box...

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Hugo808
By Hugo808 (Mar 10, 2013)

Shocking shadow noise on these pics, the photographers should have binned them and waited for the release of the new GSX7000

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George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Mar 10, 2013)

Hello great philosophers where are you I wonder ???!!!.... DPreview is about Photography after all .......

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George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Mar 9, 2013)

truly fascinating 13 photos indeed...just love every single one of them and hope to see more shortly !

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Total comments: 7