Exhibition Highlights the Women Photojournalists of ‘National Geographic’

"Women of Vision" gathers arresting images from around the world.

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Kitra Cahana, Getting her tongue pierced was “exciting and scary” says a teen who succumbed to pressure from her best friend.
Courtesy National Geographic, from the exhibition "Women of Vision."
Kitra Cahana, After working himself into a trance, a man leaps through a flaming pyre.
Courtesy National Geographic, from the exhibition "Women of Vision."
The photographers of " "Women of Vision."
Photo: by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic.

For 125 years, National Geographic has documented the world and everything in it with some of the most stunning photography. The magazine has become synonymous with only producing the highest quality of moving and powerful photo narratives it seeks to reveal to us. Now, National Geographic is turning the spotlight onto 11 of its women photojournalists, each of whom have their own very unique stories to tell. A new book and traveling exhibition, “Women of Vision,” curated by National Geographic‘s senior photo editor, Elizabeth Krist, has just opened at Michigan’s Cranbrook Institute of Science, where it will remain on view through December 30 before traveling to the Palm Beach Photographic Center next year.

“Women tend to be more attracted to issues important to women—child marriage, sexual assault, maternal mortality—and women have more access to those issues,” Krist told the Charlotte Observer at the time of the exhibition’s presentation at the Mint Museum. “Also, when you see young women making their way in the world, it’s important for them to see women shooting in subzero temperatures, working in the midst of epidemics or sneaking into slavery sites to get pictures, so they can see that women can be fearless too, to smash those old stereotypes.”

The exhibition, a tribute to the photographers’ passion, spirit, and ambition, showcases the fascinating experiences they have encountered and captured. Ranging from images of indigenous Sami people in Sweden to the New Jersey shore, from snapshots of conflict-torn regions and urban crowd scenes to sweeping landscape vistas and fleeting glimpses of exotic wildlife, Krist’s selection covers the full range of National Geographic‘s legendary photographic output.

The 11 award-winning female photojournalists who are featured in “Women of Vision” are: Erika Larsen, Kitra Cahana, Jodi Cobb, Amy Toensing, Carolyn Drake, Beverly Joubert, Stephanie Sinclair, Diane Cook, Lynn Johnson, Maggie Steber, and Lynsey Addario. The exhibition runs through December 30 at the Cranbrook Institute of Science.

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