Remember the photo of the young Afghan girl with the haunting sea-green eyes that appeared on the cover of National Geographic in 1985? It’s one of those photos that touches the soul and once you’ve seen it, it’s seared into your brain forever.
Believe it or not, the iconic photo that has been compared to Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is available for viewing on the Las Vegas Strip. It is hanging in the Imagine Exhibitions Gallery inside The Venetian along with 49 other of famous photos in The 50 Greatest Photograph of National Geograph exhibit.
The gallery walls are hung with large over-sized images: a chimpanzee’s hand reaching out to touch Jane Goodall’s bowed head; ranchers from the American West facing the pressure of change; a Kalahari lion, his mane blown back by the wind, epitomizing the spirit of the animal; and the sad photo of an albatross chick that had died from ingesting bits of plastic, the man-made pieces, extracted from the bird’s stomach laid out in a circle larger than the albatross itself. Not all of the photos are uplifting. It’s all about the world and human achievement, good and bad.
The room in which the photos hang is large and dimly lit, the photos are bright and vivid. “Behind-the-Photograph” captions tell their story.
Located just off the Venetian lobby, the gallery is a perfect place to escape from the jarring noise of the crowded Strip. The 6,800-square-foot space is also an ideal venue for hosting private events, dinners and cocktail receptions.
The 50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic is open daily from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m., last ticket sold at 6 p.m. Ticket prices are: General admission $18; students with valid ID, Nevada residents, military and seniors $15; children 12 and under accompanied by a paying adult free.