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Photo by Anand Varna

©Jeanne Modderman

©Jeanne Modderman

TUE FEB 27
ANAND VARMA | BEAUTY AND THE BIZARRE


When Anand Varma takes a photograph of a parasitic wasp consuming a caterpillar from the inside, he doesn’t want to you to be disgusted. He wants you to be astonished. After all, he’s devoted years of his life to perfecting his techniques to create dramatic, bizarre—and beautiful—images of the miniature world around us. In these truly unique images, he reveals the secret life cycle of the honeybee, captures the lightning-fast behaviors of hummingbirds, and offers a rare glimpse at our world’s small wonders. MORE
 
Courtesy of David Guttenfelder

Courtesy of David Guttenfelder

TUE MAR 27
DAVID GUTTENFELDER | A RARE LOOK: NORTH KOREA TO CUBA


In 2011, David Guttenfelder made history when he helped the Associated Press open a bureau in North Korea—the first-ever Western news agency in the politically isolated country. For the first time in North Korean history, images of daily life there were sent to the world, while Guttenfelder himself acted as an unofficial ambassador. In 2016, he broke through another wall when he boarded the first cruise ship in decades to travel from the United States to Cuba, and returned to the island to cover Fidel Castro’s four- day funeral procession. His talent for crossing long-closed borders has led to some of National Geographic’s most revealing geopolitical photo essays, as well as connecting people around the world through social media platforms like Instagram. MORE
 
©Linda Makarov

©Linda Makarov

WED APR 25
ANNIE GRIFFITHS | PHOTOGRAPHY WITHOUT BORDERS


In the English countryside, celebrated photographer Annie Griffiths produced a witty story on the Calder Valley Mouse Club showing the art of staging a beauty pageant for rodents. In Namibia, she spent time with a tribe surviving in the Kalahari Desert despite seven years of drought. But after a career covering all of the weird and wonderful facets of humanity in more than 100 countries, she has turned her creative energies toward supporting programs that empower women and children in developing world. MORE