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National Geographic Rarely Seen: Photographs of the Extraordinary

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  341 ratings  ·  59 reviews
In this dazzling book of visual wonders, National Geographic reveals a world very few will have the chance to see for themselves. Shot by some of the world's finest photographers, New York Times bestseller Rarely Seen features striking images of places, events, natural phenomena, and manmade heirlooms seldom seen by human eyes. It's all here: 30,000-year-old cave art seale ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published October 27th 2015 by National Geographic
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Jan 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I've had this book sitting on a table for a few months now. Every so often I pick it up and look at several pages being careful that its bulk and mass doesn't slip out of my grasp and break something important in my house or body.

You may not agree that National Geographic has the best photographers, but few would dispute that their photographers are top level. In this book you will see how far they will go to get extraordinary photos. Into the stratosphere; in the ocean depths; on remote islands
Feb 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book deserves more than 5 stars!!! Absolutely beautiful! You can never do wrong with National Geographic!
Marathon County Public Library
This book is absolutely gorgeous! From the highest mountains to the deepest caves, National Geographic brings us images from some amazingly talented photographers. These aren’t just any photos, but images of places and events that many of us will never get the chance to see in our lifetime. Some are secluded or protected places, some are once in a lifetime events, and others are simply gone due to environmental damage, but all come with a story. This book will inspire you to look at the beauty o ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
The majority of these photos are stunning while the others are interesting to look at. Together they form an amazing book!
Mar 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great collection of photographs! I learned new things about our world and had a great time doing it. I really like that the pictures take center stage and the words are minimal.
Sara I
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, adult
This book caught my eye from the moment that I came across it. I loved the idea of rarely seen moments caught by photographers and then shared within this book. There were so many interesting shots, places, and moments captured. I felt like I learned a lot and my world was expanded by the wonderful shots. I also think this would make a great "coffee table book" and as it is interesting and makes for easy reading with all the pictures.
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fascinating, have reread countless times
Micheál Kavanagh
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The world's a beautiful place isnt it??
Rachel Rogers
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Stunning photos. Made even more stunning when you realize the skill, patience, daring do, and length of travel involved in taking most of them.
My husband queried me last night on whether I checked this book out because it would be a quick read and I'd be able to check off one more on my reading goal for the year and he's right. But I got so much pleasure out of the photos and the descriptions that it was worth it.
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I picked this book up by random chance at my local Barnes & Noble store. I was instantly seized by the stories that the pictures told. National Geographic books can be expensive, but I took a chance on this book and was extraordinarily glad that I did!! Not only is it a wonderful coffee table book (for those who enjoy those types of things), but it is wonderful to have great picture books like this in your household.

I would recommend this book highly to photographers, picture freaks, and those
Dec 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinary book of photography. I spent 2.5 hours reading each caption and looking over each image.

Look at this book with someone else: the images are so incredible you will want to show them and marvel together.
Alexander Shay
Aug 24, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: art-photography
This book is humungous, which is nice because you can really see the detail in the photos. My favorite were places, especially with mud or lava in them. But a lot of them weren't actually super mind-blowing, which was disappointing.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-photography
Was amused to discover that the cover shot is of something created accidentally by humans. Truly amazing photographs
Thomas Ray
Nov 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jennifer
397 pages, each with a National Geographic photo both pretty and rare. 11.5" x 9.5" x 1.5". 4.5 lb.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
As expected from a National Geographic publication, the images selected for this collection are stunning. I was pleased to see that a number of photographers that I follow online are represented in this book, and I’ve even met a couple of them! The book is organized by the following topics: Phenomena, Life, Places, Objects and Moments and includes landscape, animal, people and objects. I gasped out loud from time to time when turning the pages of this gorgeous book. The sheer beauty of the peopl ...more
Jan 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Part of the Substitute Parent Project. Well Cinnamon loved it! Which is valuable input! The girls are onto me and my wanting to "connect" with them so they are having none of it. Poor sports. Considering leaving porn on the table and seeing if they react.

This book is everything you think it will be plus more. Breath-taking landscapes and also images of our current tech world that are rarely seen (thinking of Obama's 3-D portrait) and make me appreciate the very weird place we live in. If I won t
Sheri S.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The photos in this book are truly amazing! Creative, colorful shots of the extraordinary and sometimes ordinary make up the pages of this book. One of my favorite photos is of a rare blue lobsters, but there are so many "favorite" pictures to choose from. I think it would be fun to use some of the photos as writing prompts for an English class. I took my time going through this book because I wanted to really enjoy and appreciate the photos.
Denise Chojnacki
Jun 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
The stunning photographs from this book recently were on display at a local museum. As I was not able to get to the showing, it was wonderful to be able to read about and enjoy the amazing photography from some of the world's most amazing places, people and other images. A feast for the eyes and a look into how incredible this world really is.
Aug 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I could look at Nat Geo photos allllll day long. I loved the variety of the ones featured here.
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful photographs from around the world
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Gorgeous book with amazing photos. The wonders out there in this world really are extraordinary! And I continue to add to my *huge* list of places I would like to get to someday.
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautiful, beautiful, pictures in here. Absolutely stunning. Everyone who loves beautiful and awesome things should check out this book!
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
amazing & wonderful pictures ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Nice escape from dreary winter skies.
Castle Spooktacular
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-books
This book is full of magic and wonder!!!! A visual compilation of unusual and extraordinary places and happenings found in our world and beyond. Everyone needs to look it.
April Hurst
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Some books are amazing from start to finish and this book is one of them!! It is popular in our home, no matter the age!
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you Are looking to just get One of These Big National Geographic coffeeee Table Books, get THIS One !!! This is the best One so far!!!
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful book that celebrates the rare and wonderful things the world has to offer. My entire family has really enjoyed looking through and learning about all the gorgeous photographs.
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, travel
Really fun and incredible!
Apr 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a neat collection of photographs of rarely seen subjects, some are animals such as migrating stingrays and microscopic creatures like the 0.2 inch long Plant-hopper Periwig; others are places like the Hell Hole with a fire burning for 40 years in Turkmenistan. The photos cover the world and are informative in that they show us photo subjects most of us would other wise never see. They include a mini-museum located in an abandoned service elevator in Manhattan, and a photo taken by Russia ...more
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Susan Tyler Hitchcock has written 13 books, including Frankenstein: A Cultural History, Mad Mary Lamb, and Coming About: A Family Passage at Sea. She has degrees in English from the University of Michigan and the University of Virginia. She works as a book editor for the National Geographic Society. She has been collecting Frankensteiniana for more than 20 years. She and her husband live in the ho ...more

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