Odysseys and Photographs

Four National Geographic Field Men; Maynard Owen Williams, Luis Marden, Volkmar Wentzel, Thomas Abercrombie

By Leah Bendavid-Val; Gilbert M. Grosvenor; Mark Collins Jenkins
(Focal Point, Hardcover, 9781426201721, 224pp.)

Publication Date: November 11, 2008

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Spanning almost a century of global upheaval and riveting human drama, this magnificent book follows the careers of Maynard Owen Williams, Volkmar Wentzel, Luis Marden, and Tom Abercrombiea stellar quartet of National Geographic photographers who used their cameras to record a truly remarkable era.

While the lensmen were all supported and nurtured both technically and creatively by the Geographic, each had his own interests and his own distinctive styleand each made his own unique contribution to world culture, science, and history. Following a thoughtful introduction that sets the scene, the book is divided into four parts, each devoted to one man’s life and work. Chapters open with an essay and then display up to 50 pages of breathtaking historic images, many of which lay hidden in National Geographic archives for decades. Close associates and loved ones authored each photographer’s intimate story, calling on journals, anecdotes, and behind-the-scenes correspondence to portray the real person behind the lens. Our four subjects, taken together, represent the entire and quite glamorous progression of National Geographic photographya chronicle that will be eagerly embraced by all who love world history, biography, and great pictures.




About the Author
Leah Bendavid-Val, Director of Photography Publishing for National Geographic Books, is the author of "Propaganda & Dreams: Photographing the 1930s in the USSR and the US; Changing Reality: Recent Soviet Photography; National Geographic: The Photographs;" and "Stories on Paper & Glass." She has curated photography exhibitions for museums worldwide.

Grosvenor-Grt-Grandson of Alexander Graham Bell

Mark Collins Jenkins is the co-author of numerous award-winning books and a historian of tall ships. Operation Sail is a nonprofit established with the endorsement of President John F. Kennedy and a Joint Congressional Resolution.
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