Greatest Photographs of the American West exhibition announced

. June 14, 2012

The National Geographic’s Greatest Photographs of the American West exhibition is to open simultaneously in 10 U.S. museums on October 27, 2012.

Monument Valley from the National Geographic exhibition

From the surprising photograph of an owl caught in flight by Mike Nichols, which required ridiculous amounts of equipment, time and thousands of missed attempts to create that one remarkable image, to the hair-raising aerial maneuvers used by others to capture fresh perspectives on the Western landscape, this new exhibition demonstrates photographers pushing all kinds of limits to bridge the gap between documentary and fine art photography. At the same time the 75 images chosen from the thousands in the National Geographic archives provide a powerful and nuanced real-time portrait of the American West over more than a century.

The 10 U.S. museums opening the show on October 27 from New York to Jackson Hole, Wyo., and Texas to Washington, D.C., include the National Geographic Museum plus nine members of Museums West, a coalition of North American museums organized for the purpose of developing and expanding an awareness and appreciation of the American West.

A companion book, “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit and Adventure” (National Geographic Books; ISBN 978-1-4262-0956-1; on sale Oct. 10, 2012; trade paperback; $30), features 175 photographs, including rarely published and never-before-seen images and will be available at the museums and online from National Geographic Books.

“The National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” exhibition was organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and Museums West, presented by The Mays Family Foundation. For additional information visit

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