A window into the African wilds
Any museum where you’re greeted by an 8ton, 14foot African elephant in the entryway may have a tough sell for a show of mere photographs of the same creatures.
But the work in the new exhibition “National Geographic Into Africa: The Photographs of Frans Lanting” at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History brings its own vivid life to the animals that roam that continent. Working for National Geographic, the Dutchborn Lanting has taken multiple trips to Africa, and this show reflects the urgency to conserve the poignant and powerful wildlife that remains.
Here are some numbers, galloping across the savannah, about the already popular exhibition:
Decades that Lanting has been shooting wildlife photos in Africa for National Geographic.
Color photos in the exhibition.
The square footage of the exhibition, on the second floor of the museum, presented by the National Geographic Society and the World Wildlife Fund.
Thematic sections: tropical forests, wetlands and rivers, grasslands, Madagascar, and deserts.
Years ago Monday that Frans Lanting was born in Rotterdam, Netherlands.
Pachyderms gathered in a 1989 photo, “Elephants at Twilight,” although a pond’s reflection doubles the number.
Degrees, in Fahrenheit, when Lanting took the photo “Chimpanzees, Senegal, 2007,” in which his primate subject is about to jump in a pool.
Wary animals lined up in the photo “Impalas, Tanzania, 1988.”
Elephant pictured heading through the lobby of a hotel in “Lodge, Zambia, 2005.”
Cheetahs estimated to be left in the Serengeti, compared with 3,000 lions and 1,000 leopards.
5 Photos of cheetahs in the exhibition.
White rhinos that museum visitors can pose with in the exhibition’s photo booth.
Seconds between each exposure in the photo booth.
Visitors to the National Museum of Natural History in 2014, making it the most popular of the Smithsonian museums and one of the most visited museums in the world.
Age in years of the National Museum of Natural History.
Into Africa: The Photography of Frans Lanting Through summer 2016 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Free. 202-633-1000. www.mnh.si.edu.
An elephant walks through the lobby of a lodge in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park to get to its favorite mango tree. The photo is part of an exhibition of photographer Frans Lanting’s work.