By Jay Jones
9:45 AM EST, February 5, 2013
Some of the world’s most iconic National Geographic photographs will be showcased in an exhibition at the Venetian in Las Vegas. The “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic” is scheduled to open Feb. 14 for a limited engagement.
The exhibition will feature both familiar and never-before-seen images. Among those that guests will likely recognize are Steve McCurry’s memorable “Afghan Girl” and Nick Nichols’ photo of primatologist/anthropologist Jane Goodall with one of her chimps. A view of Mecca, shot by the late Thomas Abercrombie, will be shown for the first time.
Visitors will also learn the stories behind the photos. In some cases the so-called “near frames” -- those images taken just before and after the perfect shot -- will also be displayed. Throughout the gallery, documentary videos will share the histories of the photographs and of the photographers who took them.
“50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic” will be open 9:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. The last tickets will be sold at 6 p.m. Admission is $16 for adults, with reduced prices for military, seniors and Nevada residents. Children 12 and younger get in free with a paid adult admission. Taxes and fees are extra.