Romance and Reality of the West in Images Spanning 125 Years August 2, 2012  |  Categories: 25th Anniversary, National Geographic

Opening Oct. 27:  National Geographic American West photography show debuts in 10 museums

August 2, 2012 – Jackson Hole, Wyoming – Iconic images of the American West taken by 75 photographers spanning more than a century of real-time issues and conditions will be on display as “National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West” opens in 10 national venues on October 27, 2012. The largest simultaneous U.S. museum opening of its kind, the exhibition includes 75 works that stand alone as both fine art and journalistic moments in the history and culture of the Western U.S. Selected from among thousands in the National Geographic Image Collection, they are the work of 75 photographers ranging from such well-known names as William Henry Jackson and Ansel Adams to contemporary photographers William Albert Allard and Bruce Dale.

A dedicated website, featuring exhibition images, photographer interviews, interactive features and more will be available online at as the exhibition opening date approaches. Participating museums include the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City and the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson Hole, Wyo. A complete listing of the 10 venues is available here.

A companion book to the exhibition, National Geographic Greatest Photographs of the American West: Capturing 125 Years of Majesty, Spirit and Adventure (National Geographic Books, October 2012), features more than 180 photographs, including rarely published and never-before-seen images.

The exhibition is organized by the National Museum of Wildlife Art in collaboration with the National Geographic Society and Museums West. Presented by the Mays Family Foundation.

Media Contacts: Darla Worden, WordenGroup Strategic Public Relations, 307.734.5335,; Ponteir Sackrey, National Museum of Wildlife Art, 307.732.5444,

Image Credits:  Left, American Indian Beauty Pageant Winner, Oregon, 1997 (© William Albert Allard/National Geographic Stock); right, Tehachapi Wind Farm, California, 2008 (© Jeff Kroeze/National Geographic Stock).