Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary

Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary

Tuesday, January 08, 2019

The National Geographic International touring exhibition will be showing at Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki in Pātea for the first time in New Zealand from March 2019.

Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki visitors will get to experience some of the world’s most astounding phenomena in the new National Geographic exhibition, “Rarely Seen.”

In this exhibition of visual wonders, National Geographic reveals a world very few have the chance to see for themselves.

 “Rarely Seen is a great example of National Geographic’s rich history of sharing places, moments and objects that astonish and inspire,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president for National Geographic Exhibitions. “This collection from the stables of the world’s leading geography imaging organisation is truly unseen in many ways”…“and in 2019 New Zealand audiences will have the opportunity to share in this special moment to celebrate heritage and culture from right across the globe”, says Cameron S. Curd, Kaitiaki Pukapuka-a-Rohe/District Archivist for Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki.

 “This is a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand audiences to view this stunning international photographic collection right here in South Taranaki”, says His Worship Mayor Ross Dunlop. Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinarywill open at Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki on March 1 and run until August 31 2019.

ELEPHANT CONNECTION, Photo by Cesare Naldi, Andaman Islands

Rajan the Asian elephant shares a moment with Nazroo, his mahout, or elephant driver, in the warm ocean waters off the Andaman Islands. A few elephants were brought here years ago to ferry logs—Rajan is the last one still swimming. Now retired, he only swims for fun. National Geographic exhibit "Rarely Seen.”