‘Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment’ Exhibition

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Opens Jan. 23 at the Orlando Museum of Art

Traveling Exhibition Sponsored By PNC Celebrates Work of 11 Inspiring Female Photojournalists

ORLANDO, Dec. 8, 2015 —“Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment” will open at the Orlando Museum of Art on Jan. 23, 2016. Highlighting the influential photography of 11 award-winning female photojournalists, the traveling exhibition is sponsored by The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC) and will be in Orlando until April 25, 2016.

“Women of Vision” features nearly 100 photographs, including moving depictions of far-flung cultures, compelling illustrations of conceptual topics such as memory and teenage brain chemistry, and arresting images of social issues like child marriage and 21st-century slavery. In addition to the photographs, visitors will have an opportunity to learn how National Geographic magazine picture editors work closely with the photographers to select images and tell a story. Video vignettes will present first-person accounts that reveal the photographers’ individual styles, passions and approaches to their craft.

“For the last decade, some of our most powerful stories have been produced by a new generation of photojournalists who are women. These women are as different as the places and the subjects they have covered, but they all share the same passion and commitment to storytelling that has come to define National Geographic,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of National Geographic Exhibitions. “The exhibition reaffirms the Society’s position as a respected leader in the field of photography.”

The exhibition underscores National Geographic’s history of documenting the world through photography and its ongoing commitment to supporting photographers as important and innovative storytellers who can make a difference with their work.

PNC’s involvement in the arts is well established throughout its footprint. The bank believes in the power of culturally engaging programs to strengthen the communities where its employees and clients can thrive.

“This National Geographic exhibit beautifully embodies the courage and passion women face throughout the world, while capturing stolen moments of their personal and cultural conflicts and vitality,” said Joseph Meterchick, regional president, PNC Bank, Florida West. “It reminds us there is a common thread between recognizing and understanding the challenges, risks and achievements routinely experienced by successful women, whether they’re deciding when to expand a business venture or how to tell a compelling story with a camera.  PNC, Orlando Museum of Art and National Geographic have a common interest in women who achieve.”

PNC and National Geographic have collectively selected exhibition venues based on quality of site and relationships with museum management to ensure a first class exhibition with the ideal local partners, like the Orlando Museum of Art.

“We are pleased to host ‘Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment,’ and greatly appreciate PNC’s support of this important exhibition,” said Glen Gentele, director and CEO of the Orlando Museum of Art. "The work of these 11 extraordinary photographers inspires us to see beyond ourselves. Their images have captured the world’s imagination with riveting and historic, passionate and dire moments that positively impact our lives.”

“Women of Vision” was curated by National Geographic Senior Photo Editor Elizabeth Krist, who had the challenging task of choosing a selection of images to best represent the broad portfolios of the 11 extraordinary photographers: 

  1. Jodi Cobb has worked in over 65 countries and produced 30 NGM stories, including "21st -Century Slaves," which was among the most popular stories in the magazine's history. Cobb was the only photographer to penetrate the geisha world, which resulted in her Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, "Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art." She was also the first photographer to document the hidden lives of the women of Saudi Arabia and among the first to travel across China when it reopened to the West. She has received numerous accolades, including repeated honors from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year, and World Press Photo, as well as receiving the 2012 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Cobb was also the first woman to be named White House Photographer of the Year. 
  2. Pulitzer Prize winner and MacArthur Fellow Lynsey Addario is widely admired for her conflict coverage in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur and the Congo. Featured assignment work includes images that document human rights issues, particularly the plight of women and families in conflict zones.
  3. Kitra Cahana explores important social, anthropological, and spiritual themes. Born in Miami, but raised in Canada and Sweden, Kitra earned her BA in Philosophy from McGill University and her MA in Visual and Media Anthropology from the Freie Universitat in Berlin.  She has won a first prize from World Press Photo, a TED Fellowship and the ICP Infinity Award. Her work includes images taken on assignment for NGM’s important feature on the teenage brain and culture in the United States.
  4. Diane Cook is a leading landscape photographer whose work is in numerous collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, and the L.A. County Museum in Los Angeles. Cook often works collaboratively with her husband Len Jenshel.  Their NGM stories have covered New York’s elevated park the High Line, Mount St. Helens, Green Roofs, the Na’Pali Coast of Hawaii, the US-Mexico border, and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  
  5. Carolyn Drake is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Lange Taylor Documentary Prize, a World Press Photo award, and was a finalist for the Santa Fe Prize. She has spent years documenting the cultures of Central Asia and life in western China’s Uygur region.
  6. A Knight Fellow and passionate advocate for visual arts education, Lynn Johnson has covered a wide range of assignments for NGM, producing images for 21 stories on subjects including vanishing languages and challenges facing human populations in Africa and Asia. Johnson has also participated in photo camps in Chad, Botswana, and at the Pine Ridge reservation. She has received several awards including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Coverage of the Disadvantaged.
  7. Beverly Joubert is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, filmmaker, photographer and co-founder of the Big Cat Initiative. Together with her husband, Dereck Joubert, they have been documenting the plight of African wildlife for over 30 years. Beverly's images have appeared in National Geographic Magazine, over a hundred magazines worldwide, and they have co-authored several books and scientific papers. The Jouberts have produced over 25 television documentaries and a feature film, The Last Lions (2011), which has reached over 350 million people worldwide. These films have received many awards from around the globe including 7 Emmys, a Peabody, Panda Awards and conservation accolades including the World Ecology Award, an induction into the American Academy of Achievement and the Presidential Order of Meritorious for their conservation work in Botswana.  In 2011 '60 Minutes' (CBS) did a profile on their lives, documenting their film and conservation work in Africa.
  8. Erika Larsen studies cultures with strong ties to nature.  She published a 2009 story in NGM on the Sami reindeer herders of Scandinavia, an assignment which grew out of her own documentary work for which she lived and worked within the culture for over 4 years.  Larsen received a BFA and MFA from Rochester Institute of Technology and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship, Erika’s photography has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and the Sami Ájtte Museum in Sweden.
  9. Stephanie Sinclair’s decade-long project on child marriage has earned global recognition, including three World Press Photo awards and prestigious exhibitions on Capitol Hill, at the United Nations and at the Whitney Biennial in New York. Scenes from Yemen and from polygamist families in the Fundamentalist Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints will also be displayed.
  10. A celebrated figure in the photographic community, Maggie Steber has worked in over 62 countries and her images have earned several prestigious honors, including the Leica Medal of Excellence and World Press Photo awards. NGM has published her essays on Miami, the African slave trade, the Cherokee Nation, sleep, soldiers' letters, Dubai and a story on the science of memory that featured a touching sidebar on Steber’s mother Madje and her struggle with dementia.
  11. Amy Toensing began her prolific career covering the White House and Congress for the New York Times. She has created portraits of unforgettable people around the world while shooting NGM stories in Papua New Guinea, Puerto Rico, the Jersey Shore, and Tonga. For the past 3 years, she has been documenting Aboriginal Australia for a story that was published in the June 2013 issue of NGM. Toensing is also committed to teaching photography to kids in underserved communities. She has worked with Somali and Sudanese refugees in Maine and Burmese refugees in Baltimore, and recently traveled to Islamabad to teach young Pakistanis.

Full details on the exhibition, including photo galleries and links to related National Geographic magazine content, are available at wovexhibition.org.

About National Geographic
National Geographic is a global nonprofit membership organization driven by a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world. We fund hundreds of research and conservation projects around the globe each year. With the support of our members and donors, we work to inspire, illuminate and teach through scientific expeditions, award-winning journalism, education initiatives and more. For more information, visit www.nationalgeographic.com and find us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube, LinkedIn and Pinterest.

About PNC
This exhibition is supported by PNC and The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com). PNC is one of the nation's largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management; and asset management. Follow @PNCNews on Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.

About Orlando Museum of Art
The Orlando Museum of Art is a creative change agent for education and the center for artistic engagement, as well as a place for civic, cultural and economic development. Its mission is to inspire creativity, passion and intellectual curiosity by connecting people with art and new ideas. Its purpose is to interpret and present the most compelling art for the public to experience, and to positively affect people’s lives with innovative and inspiring education programs that will endure as a cultural legacy in Central Florida. 


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A leopard’s spotted coat provides camouflage in the dense forest.

In a hunting game with her mother, a young leopard leaps through tall grass.

A farmer and his children play in a water-starved where his livestock once grazed.

Longtime Ocean Grove visitors take a dip in the roiling Atlantic surf.

In Hotan, a Uygur town with a rising Han Chinese population, Uygurs socialize at their own nightclubs.

To guide their decision-making, the Kyrgyz often seek out shamans to read their fortune with cards.

A Sami in Sweden mourns the loss of two reindeer that starved after locking horns in a fight for dominance.

Tepee-style structures are common in Sami villages, where they are often used to smoke reindeer meat.

Thousands of grasses and plants were used to create Chicago City Hall’s award-winning rooftop.

A double rainbow arcs above the jagged cliffs and dense vegetation of Kalalau, the largest valley on Na Pali.

Prostitutes, who are known as cage girls and are often sex slaves, display themselves on a Mumbai street.

A woman in Florence, Italy, savors the message on a large greeting card.

Getting her tongue pierced was “exciting and scary” says a teen who succumbed to pressure from her best friend.

After working himself into a trance, a man leaps through a flaming pyre.

Comatose and on a ventilator, a bird flu patient in Hanoi who was not expected to live made a remarkable recovery.

Women—mostly widows—train for police force jobs at a firing range near Kabul.

Moviegoers thrill to shaking seats and wind machines during a 3-D film at a theater closed during the war.

The photographer’s mother, Madje Steber, suffered severe memory loss during her final years at a Florida facility.

Nestled in their bed in Miami, Florida, four young sisters nap on a Sunday afternoon after attending church.

A lieutenant in the elite female counterterrorism unit patrols the women’s barracks.

Nujood Ali stunned the world in 2008 by obtaining a divorce at age ten in Yemen, striking a blow against forced marriage.

Group Photo:

Photo by Mark Thiessen/National Geographic

The 11 award-winning female photojournalists who are featured in National Geographic's exhibition “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment,” which opened at the National Geographic Museum on Thursday, Oct. 10.  From left: Erika Larsen, Kitra Cahana, Jodi Cobb, Amy Toensing, Carolyn Drake, Beverly Joubert, Stephanie Sinclair, Diane Cook, Lynn Johnson, Maggie Steber and Lynsey Addario.



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