Extraordinary exhibition in South Taranaki

A South Taranaki museum is hosting the New Zealand premiere of an international exhibition of photography from The National Geographic.

Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary opened this month at the
Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki in Pātea and runs until the end of August.

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

The exhibition features 50 striking images of incredible things – including unbelievable moments, natural wonders, and extraordinary objects from the far reaches of the globe.

HEY, THAT TICKLES, Photo by Joel Sartore, Nebraska.
A bighorn sheep gets a cleaning as a Cabela’s employee dusts off a display at the retail store in Sidney, Nebraska. The taxidermied animals, mounted and posed in their natural environment, attract avid hunters and those who are just interested in looking.  
National Geographic exhibit “Rarely Seen.” 

Shot by some of the world’s finest photographers, the images feature places, events, natural phenomena, and man-made heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes.

It also features an introduction by National Geographic photographer Stephen Alvarez, whose work has taken him from the Peruvian Andes to the deepest caves of Papua New Guinea.

Cameron Curd, kaitiaki pukapuka-a-rohe (district archivist) for the museum describes the exhibition as showcasing things that are “truly unseen in many ways.”

“New Zealand audiences will have the opportunity to share in this special moment to celebrate heritage and culture from right across the globe,” Curd says.

South Taranaki mayor Ross Dunlop says the exhibition is impressive.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for New Zealand audiences to view this stunning international photographic collection right here in South Taranaki,” Dunlop says.

Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary is on until August 31 at Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki, 127 Egmont Street, Pātea.

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.”