National Geographic. Mother Earth
curated by Guglielmo Pepe, editor in chief National Geographic Italy
February 7 - March 29, 2009
Spazio "fontana" - via Milano 13
National Geographic Italia, in line with the mission of its parent company in Washington, presents the second photographic showcase dedicated to protection of the planet, entitled "Mother Earth". It follows the first exhibition held last year to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the Italian edition of the magazine.
A photographic exhibition cannot offer solutions or dictate the terms of a program to defend the earth, but, thanks to the power of the images, it can illustrate the areas where the effects of climate change are most apparent, so their beauty and biodiversity, their territorial and marine riches can be protected, ensuring the survival of the human and animal populations.
For our first exhibition we created a photographic journey through the four elements (water, air, fire and earth), while this new display takes a different approach, unfolding in Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, Oceania and the Poles.
Crossing polar areas and forests, prairies and deserts, mountains, oceans and seas, National Geographic's photographers illustrate the lives of protected animals and those at risk of extinction, habitats often threatened by territorial development and exploitation, of populations and human groups who live in conditions on the borderline of survival. But the pictures also extol the wonders of the world, where animals and human beings live together in extraordinary settings, often magnificent areas that are still virtually uncontaminated.
The images - for the most part as yet unpublished in the magazine - take visitors on an ideal journey to discover the land of the grizzly bears in Alaska and that of the giant pandas, the equatorial forests and the Italian Alps, the North American and Australian prairies, the North African deserts and the tropical seas, the Mediterranean and the oceans, tigers in India and elephants in Africa. The picture gallery documents the damage caused by urban development; the problems of preserving areas under protection but always at risk; and the conditions of life, the customs, the suffering and the hopes of people living in very different areas of the planet.
There are many ways to protect our planet, and sometimes even simple everyday gestures will do. The photographers and National Geographic Italia want to contribute to safeguarding "Mother Earth" through their work, with the stirring power and beauty of pictures that encourage reflection and do not leave the observer indifferent.
Mother Earth will feature 101 of the most striking images captured by photojournalists whose work is published in National Geographic. The 58 photographers are among the best in their field in Italy and the world.
William Albert Allard, James P. Blair, Sisse Brimberg, Jodi Cobb, Bill Curtsinger, David Doubilet, Nicole Duplaix, David Edwards, Peter Essick, John Eastcott and Yva Momatiuk, Melissa Farlow, Alessandro Gandolfi, Annie Griffith Belt, David Alan Harvey, Fritz Hoffman, Ralph Lee Hopkins, Chris Johns, Lynn Johnson, Ed Kashi, Mattias Klum, Tim Laman, Frans Lanting, Gerd Ludwig, Pascal Maitre, Steve McCurry, David McLain, Gideon Mendel, George F. Mobley, Albert Moldway, Michael Nichols, Paul Nicklen, Flip Nicklin, Alberto Novelli, Richard Olsenius, Randy Olson, Carsten Peter, Steve Raymer, Nicolas Reynard, Reza, Norbert Rosing, Susie Post Rust, Sandro Santioli, Joel Sartore, Brian J. Skerry, James L. Stanfield, George Steinmetz, Maria Stenzel, Brent Stirton, Paul Sutherland, Medford Taylor, Roy Toft, Tomasz Tomaszewski, Stefano Unterthiner, Gordon Wiltsie, Steve Winter, Cary Wolinsky, Michael S. Yamashita, Christian Ziegler.