Serendipity. I jumped into a cab at the Vegas airport to head to the hotel, and pulled one of those ad booklets from the pocket of the front seatback that have all the current attractions going on. I opened it at random and almost stopped breathing. The Venetian has an exhibit going on, 50 Greatest Photographs, an exhibition from National Geographic. The exhibit features these 50 most celebrated photographs from its 125 year history, and includes documentary and videos of the stories behind the photos and the photographers. I was there the next day! Had I not opened this booklet, I never would have known about it.
The exhibition was fascinating and featured photos from Steve McCurry, Sam Abell, Bill Allard, Joanna Pinneo, and David Alan Harvey just to name a few. I spent two hours in the gallery, mesmerized by it all. The photography shown here is incredibly amazing. I studied each and every one, and went back around and did it again. My favorites were by the photographers mentioned above. The photograph that evoked the greatest emotion, bringing me to tears, was one by Bill Allard, of a Peruvian boy crying after his sheep herd had been smashed into by a cab, killing multiple animals. I surprised myself by really falling in love with the work of Sam Abell and his photography of the American West; there is one photo of a cattle branding scene where I learned about “layering” in a scene photographed.
There were no photos allowed in the gallery, I really had to restrain myself; but, after coming out of the gallery, I took a few photos of the ceilings in the Venetian’s main foyer.
Vegas is such an incredible place.
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