125 years of ‘National Geographic’

National Geographic has been going a little longer than Deskbound Traveller – since 1888  (and is considerably better resourced). Pictures from its phenomenal archive are being published by the art-book publisher Taschen in three volumes titled Around the World in 125 Years, a selection from which has appeared this weekend both in Telegraph Travel and The Guardian. In the latter, the essayist Pico Iyer, a regular contributor to National Geographic, says that “the golden rectangle” has sometimes looked square, but at its best it has been a publication where “American art and science married and produced triplets”.

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