National Geographic photos open up ‘World of Mystery’

By 줄리 잭슨 (Julie Jackson)
  • Published : Dec 15, 2015 - 17:38
  • Updated : Dec 15, 2015 - 17:50

Since publishing its first issue in 1888, National Geographic has captured the hearts of millions, making it one of today’s oldest continuous publications.

With its dedication to showcasing the stories of the world, it has earned a reputation for having some of the most iconic and recognizable photographs that define the times. The National Geographic archive is in a league of its own, inspiring generations of photographers, both professional and amateur.

A photograph of the Gomateshwara Bahubali Statue in Shravanabelagola, Karnataka, India, by Atanu Paul. (National Geographic)
It is from this rich archive that the National Geographic’s latest “World of Mystery” photo exhibition, running until March 20 at the Seoul Arts Center’s Hangaram Art Museum, has been curated.

Exploring humanity, nature and the cosmos through a lens, the exhibition of mysteries is divided into six sections: History of National Geographic; Mystery of Ancient Civilization; Mystery of the Universe; Mystery of the Wild; Mystery of the Water World; and the Deep Sea Challenge Project.

From the epic brilliant-white climbs to the peak of Mount Everest and excursions deep into the fathomless depths of outer space, to life in the heart of the Congo jungle and diving leagues under the sea in the Great Abaco Island, the awe-inspiring photos on display at the “World of Mystery” exhibition are enough to compel anyone to put a halt to their seemingly mundane lives and take to a life of globetrotting. 

The “Afghan Girl” by Steve Mccurry. (National Geographic)
Also at the museum is one of the world’s most recognizable photos, “Afghan Girl.” Published as the June 1985 cover, photographer Steve McCurry’s portrait of a 13-year-old Afghan girl, Sharbat Gula, is to this day one of the magazine’s most eye-catching and beloved images. Along with McCurry’s original 1985 cover image, his follow-up photo of the Afghan Girl 17 years after becoming the face of National Geographic is also on display.

The exhibition is open daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (until 8 p.m. in March) with ticket prices listed at 13,000 won ($11) for adults, 10,000 won for students and 8,000 won for children. For more information, visit www.ngphoto.co.kr.

By Julie Jackson (juliejackson@heraldcorp.com)