A few weeks ago I went to Las Vegas and visited the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery located inside of the Venetian which is currently featuring 50 Greatest Photographs from National Geographic. The Imagine Gallery is fairly new to Las Vegas and opened in June of 2012 with the exhibition Da Vinci – The Genius. 50 Greatest Photographs will be on display through January 13, 2014. Retail tickets for the exhibition typically range between $20 and $30 depending on the exhibition taking place. I was so very excited to visit this exhibit in the Venetian, not only because it sounded so fascinating to me, but because I always enjoy going back to the Venetian hotel since it is where my husband proposed to me on a Gondola nearly 10 years ago!
This exhibit that includes National Geographic’s most celebrated photos in a 125-year-old history has engaged visitors with a variety of captivating images. 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic is open Sundays through Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., with the last ticket sold at 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., last ticket sold at 8 p.m. Ticket prices are as follows: General admission $18; students with a valid ID, Nevada residents, military, and seniors $15; children 12 and under enjoy free admission when accompanied by a paying adult; additional children cost $14. Don’t forget to ask for a discount of you are a Grazie member at the Venetian and Palazzo. Sometimes they have these…it never hurts to ask. 🙂 This is definitely a better place to spend your dollar and get something in return instead of shoving your money in a slot machine. (Can you tell I am not a gambler?:))
Since opening in February 2013, 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic has taken thousands of guests to all corners of the globe, including the freezing temperatures of the arctic, the hot sands of the Kalahari Desert, underneath the Amazon River and even a foam party in Ibiza. I loved seeing the variety of photographs that encompassed the exhibit and I definitely plan to go to a foam party in Ibiza one day!
What I personally loved about this exhibit was the fact that each photographer is mentioned along with the year the photograph is shot and there is an in depth explanation of the stories behind the photos and even some additional burst shots of the photographers’ journeys when capturing these precious moments in time. In addition to excerpts about each photo, there are a few videos that give explanations of several of the photos. My only qualm was that there were not more of these. I would have loved to see more video coverage.
My personal favorite photograph was the Afghan Girl. I loved how the photographers were able to capture her images as a young girl and as a grown woman. The 3 pictures side by side with a long excerpt shared the story of this woman’s struggles and successes.
Tom Zaller, CEO and President of Imagine Exhibitions, said, “50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic has been extremely well-received by Las Vegas visitors and locals alike, making an extended engagement a natural next step. Las Vegas’ arts and culture scene is constantly growing, and we are proud to be a part of this exciting movement.”
Some of the gallery’s compelling displays include:
- An in-depth look at Steve McCurry’s iconic “Afghan Girl,” accompanied by a photo of Sharbat Gula, the famous green-eyed refuge, 17 years after her famous portrait was taken.
- Nick Nichols’ monstrous shot of a 1,600-year-old redwood tree in California – a feat accomplished by using 84 cameras to create one composite photo.
- Wes Skiles’ heart-pounding photograph of divers exploring an undersea cave floor in the Bahamas.
- William Albert Allard’s tear-jerking image of a Peruvian boy mourning his sheep carelessly wounded by a hit-and-run taxi driver.
The exhibition also features a gift shop, where visitors can purchase posters of some of their favorite National Geographic photographs as well as books, DVDs and other souvenirs. If you have been to this exhibit, please share your experience with me below as I would love to hear about it! If you have never been, you should go if you are heading to Las Vegas for travel or live in the local Nevada area. It is definitely an awesome experience! Hurry there soon, as this exhibit will be in the gallery through January 13, 2014 and then there will be a whole new display to come.
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