Throughout the seminar, we asked our photographers three questions.
In 1967, a group of photographers gathered in a small office at National Geographic headquarters to check in with each other after the holidays—and to look at and talk about their work. Within a few years that informal gathering grew into National Geographic’s annual Photo Seminar, a day-long celebration of the medium that was attended by more than 500 people this year.
Throughout the seminar, we asked our photographers three questions:
- What is one thing you cannot go on assignment without?
- If you could have one gadget to help you get your dream shot, what would it be?
- Is there any place you would never go back to?
The seminar closed with a presentation by photographer David LaChapelle (right), whose photo entitled “The Rape of Africa,” was inspired by the January 2009 Geographic story “The Real Price of Gold” about the environmental and human costs of gold mining in Africa.
Photograph by Laura Wallach
Keynote presenter David LaChapelle and Executive Editor for Photography Kurt Mutchler.
Cuban photographer Cirenaica Moreira and her translator, F. Lennox Campello. “I am my own expression...my own position...my own political party.”
Photograph by John Kondis
Among this year’s presenters was photographer Kitra Cahana, who discussed her photographic coverage for the October 2011 cover story “Beautiful Teenage Brains.”
Read Cahana’s reflections on the seminar here.
National Geographic photographers, January 2012. First row/front (all rows read left to right): Erika Larsen, Melissa Farlow, Kitra Cahana, Len Jenshel, Stephen Alvarez, Mark Thiessen, Steve McCurry, David Liittschwager, Vince Musi. Second row: Ken Geiger, Frans Lanting, Jodi Cobb, Randy Olson, Diane Cook, James Balog, Kurt Mutchler, George Steinmetz, John Stanmeyer. Third row: David Alan Harvey, Mike Hettwer, Tommy Heinrich, Fritz Hoffmann, Mike Yamashita, Aaron Huey, Robert Clark, Charlie Hamilton James, Karla Gachet, Ivan Kashinsky. Fourth row: Alex Webb, David Doubilet, Gerd Ludwig, Shaul Schwarz. Fifth row/back: Eugene Richards, Paolo Pellegrin, Pascal Maitre, Carsten Peter, Steve Winter, Brian Skerry, Paul Nicklen, Michael “Nick” Nichols, Ed Kashi, Peter Essick, David Yoder.
National Geographic photographers, January 1967. Front row (both rows read left to right): Robert Gilka, Herbert Wilburn, B. Anthony Stewart, Edwin Wisherd, Melville Bell Grosvenor, Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Thomas Abercrombie, J. Baylor Roberts. Back row: Robert S. Oakes, Bruce Dale, Winfield Parks, William Albert Allard, James Stanfield, James Blair, John Fletcher, Guy Starling, Victor Boswell, Robert Sisson, Frederick Vosburgh, George Mobley, Walter Edwards, Volkmar Wentzel, Otis Imboden, David Boyer, Emory Kristof, Joseph Scherschel, Albert Moldvay.
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