National Geographic is one of the most iconic magazines in the world, especially when it comes to their groundbreaking photography. “The Afghan Girl” taken by Steve McCurry is arguably one of the most recognizable photos of our time, and famously graced the magazine’s cover in 1985.
Next month National Geographic will celebrate their 125th year with a special issue dedicated to the “Power of Photography“. In the issue they write that, “today photography has become a global cacophony of freeze-frames. Millions of pictures are uploaded every minute. Correspondingly, everyone is a subject, and knows it—any day now we will be adding the unguarded moment to the endangered species list.” This special edition is a way to preserve these images, and give them the attention they deserve.
The issue will feature their most emblematic photos that have been captured throughout their 125 year history. Below are 10 of those images that we think encompass their rich photographic past. Are there any photos that you think we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments!
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Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda in 2011 by Joel Sartore
Brazzaville Zoo, Republic of Congo in 1990 by Michael Nichols
Kuwait in 1991 by Steve McCurry
Afghanistan in 2010 by Lynsey Addario
Dzitnup, Mexico in 2010 by John Stanmeyer
China in 2011 by Ralf Dujmovits
Churchgate Station, Mumbai in 2011 by Randy Olson
El Paso, Texas in 1939 by Luis Marden
Bandhavgarh National Park, India in 2011 by Steve Winter
Machu Picchu, Peru in 1913 by Hiram Bingham