Wonderful Black & White Photography Art

Monday, May 7, 2012
Zebra, Tanzania

We were taking shots in the southwest of Serengeti, Tanzania. This location is known as Hidden Valley and was full of animals from the great migration.

This pregnant zebra came out of the dust for a second to take a look at me. She was the perfect poser! Head straight, ears up, legs in line, tail accentuating her curving body while the herd in the background created the perfect stage of dust!
—Caption by Giedo van der Zwan


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Automat, New York City

Patrons line up "like payday depositors" in a bank, waiting to drop a few nickels in a slot for favorites like baked beans and Salisbury steak, freshly made each day and kept in "post-officelike boxes." This New York City Automat, described in the March 1942 National Geographic, was part of an East Coast chain that sold 72,000 pieces of pie a day.

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École des Beaux-Arts, Paris

At the École des Beaux-Arts

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Atom Bomb Test, Bikini Atoll


The second atomic bomb tested in Operation Crossroads

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Boy and Turkey, Guatemala

A boy playing in a marketplace with a strutting old gobbler entertains Chichicastenango visitors by doing the son, a dance popular throughout Guatemala.

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Attack Bomber Assembly, California

Nose assemblies for Douglas A-20 attack bombers

Antarctica Lab

Dr. Edward Atkinson in his Antarctica lab

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Festival, Thailand

Locals do everything they can to bring in good luck and get rid of bad luck. For ten days straight fireworks are thrown at the processions, and many men and women pierce their cheeks with huge objects like meter-long poles, guns, and lamps.

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Divers, Louisiana

Swimming and diving are on the curriculum of Newcomb College. The college-for-women branch of Tulane University bears the name of H. Sophie Newcomb, the only daughter of Mrs. Josephine Louise Newcomb, whose gifts to the institution amounted to three million dollars.

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Light and Shadow, Agra, India

The fall of light, Agra

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Maynard Owen Williams Self-Portrait

Reflection of photographer Maynard Owen Williams in a storefront window

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Bus Terminal, New York

This Month in Photo of the Day: Images from the National Geographic Archive
Travelers rest on benches in a Greyhound bus terminal.

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Japanese Destroyer, Pacific Ocean


Final moments of a Japanese destroyer

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Crowded Street, Kathmandu

Kathmandu has become such a chaotic place. The streets are crowded and everyone is doing their own thing. This image depicts the activities on the street, which juxtaposes with the stillness of the mother and child on the street.

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Persian Scholars, Iran

With the exception of their veils, these girls of Barfurush, near Meshed-i-Sar, look, dress, and act like American girls in an Italian district—an interesting sidelight on the New Persia.


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Gingerbread Fair, Paris

This Month in Photo of the Day: Images from the National Geographic Archive
At the Gingerbread fair, Place de la Nation

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Horse Rider With Boleadoras
"When Luis Marden dropped in by air from Säo Paulo, he demanded gauchos…"

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High Heels on Cobblestones, Louisiana

Because the region around New Orleans is composed of alluvial soil, there is no paving material close at hand. More than a hundred years ago the city offered a bounty to ships which would bring to the port rock ballast instead of sand. The first cobblestone pavement was laid on Gravier and Magazine Streets in 1817.

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Sampling Arctic Ocean Water

Fridtjof Nansen takes a reading of deep Arctic Ocean water temperature as part of the expedition's scientific work. Astronomical, meteorological, and oceanographic data were consistently collected.

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Tokyo Street
This is a gentleman rounding a corner in southern Tokyo along the railway.

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Children Playing in Rain, Bangladesh

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Environment

Children playing in seasonal rains are a great sight of monsoon and six seasons here in Bangladesh. The effect of climate change is making this rare as less or more rain is causing great disturbances around the country. Heavy rain causes floods and landslides, and makes millions homeless and takes the lives of many others. The climate should behave like normal for our future children to play like this in monsoon rains, and people must take responsibility to reduce pollution and save our world.

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Lowland Gorillas, Bronx Zoo


Animal Photos

This photo of two lowland gorillas was taken at the Bronx Zoo in New York City. This is part of a series of photos I call Bronx Zoo Diaries.

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Hidden Face

I found this woman waiting for her husband after finishing her work. Her eyes are very interesting for me.

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Humpback Whales, Tahiti

When you swim with humpback whales it's not their size that overwhelms you but their beauty. You want to stay in that moment forever. These three humpbacks came over to me to check me out. They put on a beautiful dancing display that makes your heart stop and you wish for the moment to never end. When they were done ten minutes later they took off but left me with amazing memories. Tahiti, French Polynesia.

This photo and caption were submitted to the 2008 International Photography Contest. See photo galleries, play jigsaw puzzles, and download wallpaper of images from more than 105,000 submissions.

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Lightning Model

Westinghouse engineers use this miniature system for tests. Upper wires detour the three-million-volt harmlessly to the ground. Lower wires, which carry the power load, are thereby protected against lightning, which might shut off the current or damage equipment. Even the cows are man-made.

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