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Live Stream NatGeo’s 2018 Photography Seminar


For the first time ever, you’re invited join a live streaming event at National Geographic’s annual Photography Seminar, at 11:45 a.m. and 4:15 p.m., ET, Thursday, Jan. 11, streaming through Facebook Live or Livestream.

The Photography Seminar has been going on since 1967, when 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, attended by more than 500 people — photographers, editors, and storytellers – gathering to hear from some of the world’s most renowned photographers telling their stories of the power of photography to help change the world.  In 2018, we are welcoming more speakers than ever before, added lightning talks from younger-emerging photographers, and have incredible diversity — in gender, race, photography discipline and style, and geographically.  And two keynote discussions are being broadcast live to the public, for the first time since the Seminars began.

The theme for this year’s event is celebrating photography that is changing people’s understanding of the natural world.

At 11:45 a.m., we’ll be live-streaming a discussion with pioneering underwater photographer David Doubilet, interviewed by photographer Jimmy Chin.

David Doubilet is a longtime contributor to National Geographic — his work featured 70 times — and a pioneer in underwater photography. He’s dedicated his life to capturing the action, drama and mysteries of our oceans, bringing images to the surface that we might never see with our own eyes.  Here is a link to some of his work.  

Photographs by David Doubilet

Jimmy Chin (interviewer) is a photographer, filmmaker, and mountain sports athlete known for his ability to capture extraordinary imagery while climbing and skiing in extremely high-risk environments. In 2002, he secured a breakthrough assignment to be the cinematographer for a high-profile National Geographic–sponsored trek across Tibet’s Chang Tang Plateau. In 2006, he was part of the first American team to ski off the summit of Mount Everest. A longtime member of The North Face Athlete Team, he has joined dozens of exploratory expeditions and completed first ascents around the globe, working with the best adventure athletes in the world. Jimmy’s photos have appeared on the cover of National Geographic and The New York Times Magazine, among others. Links to his work: one, two.

At 4:15 p.m., Pulitzer Prize winning photographer Carol Guzy will be interviewed by photographer Maggie Steber.

Carol Guzy is the only journalist to have won the Pulitzer Prize four times.  A former Washington Post photographer, she has covered conflict and disaster, and her work is the kind of hard-hitting, emotional photojournalism that directly addresses the idea of photography for change.  Guzy’s work captured powerful moments of hope and despair in communities facing crisis including the devastating mudslide in Armero, Colombia, the U.S. military interventions in Haiti, and the refugee crisis in Kosovo, to name a few. Some links to her work: one, two, three, four.

Photographs by Carol Guzy

Maggie Steber (interviewer) is a photographer who has worked in 64 countries focusing on humanitarian, cultural, and social stories. For over three decades, Steber has worked in Haiti. In 2013 Steber was named as one of eleven Women of Vision by National Geographic Magazine, publishing a book and touring an exhibition in five American cities. Steber has served as a Newsweek Magazine contract photographer and as the Asst. Managing Editor of Photography and Features at The Miami Herald, overseeing staff projects that won the paper a Pulitzer and two finalist recognitions. Links to some of her work: one, two.

Photographs in grid at the top of this post by: (top row) Carol Guzy, (2nd row) David Doubilet, (3rd row, left) Philip Montgomery, (3rd row, right) Hannah Reyes Morales, (4th row, left) Nina Robinson, (4th row, right) Mandy Barker, (bottom row, left) Alice Wielinga, (bottom row, right) Omar Victor Diop.

Rolf recently joined National Geographic Society's Digital department, as Photo Editor/Digital. His career has been mostly in commercial photo art directing and re-focusing his work into conservation is fulfillment of a longtime goal.

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