National Geographic
Traveling Exhibition

The World in Black and White

Selections from National Geographic’s Image Archive: 1880-1950

Photograph by Clifton R. Adams

About this Exhibition

The images in this exhibition were captured by seventeen National Geographic photographers between 1880 and 1950.

Through their travels across the United States, Clifton R. Adams, J. Baylor Roberts, Edwin L. Wisherd and B.Anthony Stewart recorded the lives of ordinary people between the 1920s and 1940s. Dr. Joseph F. Rock, who spent nearly thirty years in China and Tibet, documented the life of Buddhists. African tribes are the subjects of the photographs taken by Volkmar K. Wentzel and Vittorio Sella is renowned for his ascents of the Alps and the

Himalayas. George Shiras III was the first to take night photographs of wild life. Maynard Owen Williams’s travels are documented by the photographs he took in Paris and in India. The photographs taken by Alexander Graham Bell, second president of the National Geographic Society, portray the flight experiments he performed together with his assistants in the early 20th century.

Other photographers include Ray V. Davis, WIllis T. Lee, A.B. Lewis, Captain Frank Hurley, Baron Wilhelm von Gloeden, Pierre Daye, Herbert G. Ponting, and Eliza Scidmore.


  • 55 Photographs
  • Labels
  • Photographer biographies

Currently this exhibition is ONLY AVAILABLE as a fully curated digital package to license to the overseas markets. This is to eliminate shipping fees. International venues will be sent high-resolution files to print and produce with vendors of their choosing.

Opportunities available
Opportunities available
Minimum of 3 months (flexible)
Minimum of 3 months (flexible)
Books, postcards, DVDs, etc.
Books, postcards, DVDs, etc.
105 running meters (flexible)
105 running meters (flexible)

The Exhibition

Tour Schedule

Past Locations
Oscar Niemeyer Center
Asturias, Spain
June 01, 2014 - September 30, 2014
BNP Paribas
Sofia, Bulgaria
February 18, 2014 - August 18, 2014

Available Now for Digital Booking

Photograph by B. Anthony Stewart

This exhibition is currently available in digital format, open to international venues with the opportunity to host National Geographic exhibitions with customized display.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Exhibition Types

From large, interactive exhibitions to elegant photography shows, National Geographic offers high-quality traveling exhibitions to meet the needs of institutions both small and large. Working together with photographers, explorers, and other partners, National Geographic creates exhibitions covering a wide range of topics with appeal for multiple audiences. Nearly any size venue can be accommodated, from 200 linear feet for a small photo show to an 8,000-square-foot, interactive exhibition.


To book a traveling exhibition, fill out the booking request form. A member of our Exhibitions team will respond within one business day to discuss your venue’s interest in a National Geographic Exhibition, to outline fees and logistics including shipping, and to answer any additional questions you may have. 

A traveling exhibition manager will walk you through the process of selecting the right exhibition space to meet your programmatic goals. This includes providing you with detailed object lists with images for your review and examining the schedule to find out what is available during your desired time frame.

The next step is to fill out a standard facilities report, which we will provide you. This report helps National Geographic evaluate the characteristics of your display space to ensure the proper environment and security are in place to host a National Geographic exhibition. For larger exhibitions the report also helps determine if your venue can support the logistical needs required, such as ceiling height, storage space, electrical needs, loading dock specifics, and other useful information that makes hosting an exhibition possible.

Cost and Schedule

A typical hosting period is 12-16 weeks. The loan fee ranges with the size and complexity of the exhibition selected. Please connect with us via the booking request form to discuss specific loan fees and timing.  


Shipping arrangements are made by National Geographic in consultation with the venue and may be included in the exhibition loan fee. If shipping is not included in the loan fee, the exhibitor will pay for the cost of inbound shipping. A list of crates with their sizes and contents are provided to the venue to assist in installation planning. For larger exhibitions where multiple tractor trailers are used, a detailed truck pack plan is provided to the venue in advance to assist in installation preparations and staging plans. The traveling exhibitions manager will identify any manpower and special equipment needs for unloading and loading at the exhibitor’s location.

Installation Requirements

Installation requirements vary considerably depending on the size and complexity of the exhibition. For smaller photography exhibitions, installation may take only a few days with minimal staff. For larger exhibitions with exhibition furniture, audio, visual elements, and artifacts, it may take two weeks. A traveling exhibition manager will work closely with you and your staff to develop a detailed installation and de-installation plan tailored to your needs and exhibition characteristics.

Marketing and Promotion

Once a contract is executed, National Geographic provides access to exhibition marketing assets and can provide guidance on usage and strategy. All materials produced by the host venue must be approved by National Geographic before being produced for public consumption.

International Venues

National Geographic works with many partners worldwide, and has placed exhibitions in nearly 40 countries, viewed by more than 15 million visitors to-date. Please connect with us via the booking request form and the Global Manager for Traveling Exhibitions will be in touch with more information to help your desired show.

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