Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment is the new exhibit now at the Forest Lawn Museum in Glendale. The display is a tribute to the spirit and ambition of 11 distinguished female photographers, and it underscores the work that they have done to bring narratives from all over the world to the pages of National Geographic and into the homes of millions of people.

Women of Vision features nearly 100 photographs, including moving depictions of far-away cultures (i.e. Afghanistan, Yemen, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico) and arresting images of social issues, such as child marriage and twenty-first-century slavery. In addition, the exhibition demonstrates how National Geographic works closely with the photographers to select images and tell stories. Video vignettes present first-person accounts that reveal the photographers’ individual styles, passions, and approaches to their craft.

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“True Colors: Divided loyalties in Puerto Rico” March 2003, Loiza, Puerto Rico / by Amy Toensing


The photographers are Lynsey Addario, Kitra Cahana, Jodi Cobb, Diane Cook, Carolyn Drake, Lynn Johnson, Beverly Joubert, Erika Larsen, Stephanie Sinclair, Maggie Steber, and Amy Toensing. They have produced groundbreaking stories for National Geographic and worked as teachers and philanthropists in the United States and abroad.

Forest Lawn Museum Director James Fishburne, speaking on opening night, underlined the value of the insider perspective that these female photographers bring to the table, as they often work in cultures strictly segregated by gender. “For over a century, National Geographic has been a standard of high-caliber photography, and Forest Lawn Museum is honored to spotlight the female photographers who have helped make that standard possible,” he previously stated.

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Photography lovers on opening night at the Forest Lawn Museum


Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment is traveled and organized by the National Geographic Society and will be at the Forest Lawn Museum through April 7, 2019.

Forest Lawn Museum (at the top of the hill at Forest Lawn Glendale) is located at 1712 S. Glendale Blvd., Glendale, CA. The Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm. Admission and parking are free. Call 323.340.4545 or visit www.forestlawn.com for more information. Full details on the exhibition, including photo galleries and links to related National Geographic magazine content, are available at www.wovexhibition.org.