Ex­tra­or­di­nary pho­tos on show

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Aotea Utan­ganui Mu­seum of South Taranaki in Pa¯ tea will host an ex­hi­bi­tion of rare and ex­tra­or­di­nary Na­tional Geo­graphic pho­to­graphs this year.

Rarely Seen: Pho­to­graphs of the Ex­tra­or­di­nary will be ex­hib­ited for the first time in New Zealand from March 2019.

The ex­hi­bi­tion, in­spired by the book Na­tional Geo­graphic Rarely Seen: Pho­to­graphs of the Ex­tra­or­di­nary, fea­tures 50 strik­ing im­ages shot by some of the world’s finest pho­tog­ra­phers of places, events, nat­u­ral phe­nom­ena and man-made heir­looms sel­dom seen by hu­man eyes.

With an in­tro­duc­tion by Na­tional Geo­graphic pho­tog­ra­pher Stephen Al­varez, whose work has taken him from the Pe­ru­vian An­des to the deep­est caves of Pa­pua New Guinea, this ex­hi­bi­tion cap­tures un­be­liev­able mo­ments, nat­u­ral won­ders and ex­tra­or­di­nary ob­jects from the far reaches of the globe.

“Rarely Seen is a great ex­am­ple of Na­tional Geo­graphic’s rich his­tory of shar­ing places, mo­ments and ob­jects that as­ton­ish and in­spire,” said Kathryn Keane, vice pres­i­dent for Na­tional Geo­graphic Ex­hi­bi­tions.

“This col­lec­tion from the sta­bles of the world’s lead­ing geog­ra­phy imag­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion is truly un­seen in many ways.”

Joel Sar­tore’s Hey, That Tick­les ap­pears to be a sur­re­al­ist paint­ing when in fact the pho­tog­ra­pher cap­tured the im­age of a dis­play be­ing cleaned at a store in Sid­ney, Ne­braska.

Re­tired log­ging ele­phant Ra­jan was en­joy­ing a mo­ment with his ma­hout, or ele­phant driver, Nazroo when pho­tog­ra­pher Ce­sare Naldi cap­tured them swim­ming in the ocean off the An­daman Is­lands, cre­at­ing a beau­ti­ful pho­to­graph ti­tled Ele­phant Connection.

These rare im­ages along with 48 oth­ers will be on show at Aotea Utan­ganui Mu­seum un­til Au­gust next year.

Cameron S Curd, puka­puka-arohe/dis­trict ar­chiv­ist for Aotea Utan­ganui, says the ex­hi­bi­tion pro­vides a rare op­por­tu­nity for New Zealand au­di­ences.

“It is a spe­cial mo­ment to cel­e­brate her­itage and cul­ture from right across the globe.”

Aotea Utan­ganui Mu­seum of South Taranaki, formerly known as the South Taranaki Dis­trict Mu­seum, is home to sig­nif­i­cant col­lec­tions in­clud­ing the ear­li­est dated wooden arte­facts found in New Zealand. South Taranaki mayor Ross Dun­lop said it is an hon­our to host the ex­hi­bi­tion. “This is a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for New Zealand au­di­ences to view this stun­ning in­ter­na­tional pho­to­graphic col­lec­tion right here in South Taranaki,” he said.

■ Aotea Utan­ganui Mu­seum of South Taranaki at 127 Eg­mont St, Patea is open from 10am un­til 4pm from Mon­day to Satur­day.


Ra­jan the Asian ele­phant shares a mo­ment with his driver Nazroo in the ocean off the An­daman Is­lands.


A bighorn sheep gets a clean­ing as an em­ployee dusts off a dis­play at a re­tail store in Ne­braska.

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