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PHOTOGRAPHS THAT HAVE MADE HISTORY

From the first wildlife photo to the deepest dive, we take a look at photographs that have pushed the boundaries of storytelling

third attempt to reach the North Pole

Admiral Robert E. Peary searches the horizon for land during his third attempt to reach the North Pole in 1909. The successful trip made Peary the first person to reach the region.

 Admiral Robert PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBERT E. PEARY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

photographer Anand Varma slowed down the dizzingly

Using a high-speed, high-resolution camera, photographer Anand Varma slowed down the dizzingly fast movements of the hummingbird to reveal stunning details, such as their forked tongues

PHOTOGRAPH BY ANAND VARMA, SOURCE: ALEJANDRO RICO-GUEVARA, UC BERKELEY

first transgender person

Avery Jackson, a nine-year-old girl from Kansas City, was the first transgender person to appear on the cover of National Geographic in January 2017.

PHOTOGRAPH BY ROBIN HAMMOND, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

auto and tripped by an animal

A camera trap snapped this picture of a tiger cooling off in a watering hole in Bandhavgarh National Park, India. Consisting of an unmanned camera set on auto and tripped by an animal crossing an infrared beam, camera traps allow wildlife experts and photographers to track numbers of endangered species and get pictures of elusive animals at close range.

PHOTOGRAPH BY MICHAEL NICHOLS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

first ever wildlife photographs

The July 1906 issue of National Geographic featured its first ever wildlife photographs. Editor Gil Grosvenor printed 74 photos snapped by U.S. Representative and early conservationist George Shiras, beginning a long tradition of featuring wildlife photos in the magazine

PHOTOGRAPH BY GEORGE SHIRAS, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

10-foot-thick ice

In 2015, photographer Laurent Ballesta joined a small team for a 36-day excursion on the Adélie Coast of East Antarctica. The trek took place as ice began to break up, allowing Ballesta and his team to break through 10-foot-thick ice and dive down as deep as 230 feet—the deepest dive ever under Antarctica.

PHOTOGRAPH BY LAURENT BALLESTA, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC

the Best," the first autochrome series published

Modern dance pioneers Ted Shawn and Ruth St. Denis perform in costume as part of "Land of the Best," the first autochrome series published in the magazine in 1916.

PHOTOGRAPH BY FRANKLIN PRICE KNOTT, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

first official female writer

Pioneering journalist Eliza Scidmore was the magazine's first official female writer, photographer, and board member. In the 1890s, the organization that is now the Smithsonian Institution gave Scidmore a Kodak camera to document her travels across India, Japan, China, and the Indonesian island of Java.

PHOTOGRAPH BY ELIZA R. SCIDMORE, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

underwater photography

Underwater color photography was born with this shot of a hogfish, photographed off the Florida Keys in the Gulf of Mexico by Dr. William Longley and National Geographic staff photographer Charles Martin in 1926. Equipped with cameras encased in waterproof housing and pounds of highly explosive magnesium flash powder for underwater illumination, the pair pioneered underwater photography.

PHOTOGRAPH BY CHARLES MARTIN & W.H. LONGLEY, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC CREATIVE

References : https://www.nationalgeographic.com

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