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Tim has been interested in photography for many years. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's in Environmental Science. Writing nature articles allows him to combine his interest in photography and nature into one medium.

National Museum of African Art Exhibit on Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon


I was looking through the Smithsonian website and came across an exhibit on Eliot Elisofon they will have on display from November 21st, 2013 until August 24th 2014.  The name of the exhibit is “Africa ReViewed:  The Photographic Legacy of Eliot Elisofon”.

According to the Museum, “The exhibition, an extension of FotoWeek DC (Nov. 1–10), celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives housed at the National Museum of African Art. The retrospective exhibition showcases the work of internationally renowned American photographer Eliot Elisofon.”

Mr. Elisofon was a photojournalist for Life magazine and did a lot of his photographic work in Africa.  According to Amy Staples, the museum’s senior archivist, “More than any other photographer of his time, Eliot Elisofon shaped American perceptions of Africa during the mid-20th century.  He focused his camera on traditional cultures as well as emerging artists and leaders during a time of major transition and independence movements in Africa. His photographs and art collection contributed to what became the National Museum of African Art.”

Their will be a tour of the exhibit by co-curators Amy Staples and Brian Freyer on November 23rd.  This looks like a really interesting exhibit, especially for us nature photographers that are interested in the history of our interest.

29 x 36 inches @ 300dpi

Eliot Elisofon with Mt. Kilimanjaro in the distance, Kenya
Photographer unknown, 1947
Eliot Elisofon Photographic Archives
National Museum of African Art
Smithsonian Institution
Photo courtesy of Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art

About the National Museum of African Art

The National Museum of African Art is the nation’s premiere museum dedicated exclusively to the collection, conservation, study and exhibition of Africa’s traditional and contemporary arts. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free. The museum is located at 950 Independence Avenue S.W., near the Smithsonian Metrorail station on the Blue and Orange lines. For more information, call (202) 633-4600 or visit the National Museum of African Art’s website. For general Smithsonian information, call (202) 633-1000.


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