Historic photo exhibit closing next month

December 6, 2016 by  

The National Geographic’s 50 Greatest Photographs exhibit is showing at Whatcom Museum until next month.

This is the only West Coast stop on a national tour, after which the exhibition will be moving on to the Elliot Museum in Florida. It originally started life as a popular iPad app in 2011, which was voted an “app of the week” on iTunes.

The exhibit features the top 50 photographs that have appeared in the magazine over its 120-year history. Visitors will also be able to learn the story behind the creation of each picture through text panels and watching two iPads. There will also be video interviews and a display of “near frames” that show the process of choosing the right picture. Included in the top 50 is the Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry and Jane Goodal, and Chimpanzee by Nick Nichols.

This Bellingham exhibition will probably appeal to those interested in graphic design or photography. It will be on display at the Lightcatcher Building on the Whatcom Museum Campus until January 15. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, youth, and military, and $5 for children between the ages of two and five. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday from 12:00 to 5:00 pm, but will be closed on New Year’s Day. For more information, call 360-778-8930.