PNC Chooses Southeast Michigan to be First Midwest Stop on Six-City Tour

Bloomfield Hills, Mich., April 1, 2014 PNC will present National Geographic's captivating “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment” photo exhibition Sept. 14 through Dec. 30 at the Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.

“Women of Vision” features the influential work of 11 award-winning female photojournalists in nearly 100 photographs.  The images present views of far-flung cultures and social issues, such as child marriage and 21st-century slavery.

“The photos capture evocative, and sometimes stark images of a world most of us never see,” said PNC Regional President Ric DeVore.  “The remarkable work of these 11 photographers is sure to elicit emotional responses from everyone who tours the exhibition.  Just as important, “Women of Vision” may inspire the next generation of young women to pursue their professional aspirations, no matter the field.” 

In addition to the photographs, visitors will have an opportunity to learn how National Geographic magazine picture editors work closely with the photographers to select images and tell a story. Video vignettes will present first-person accounts that reveal the photographers’ individual styles, passions, and approaches to their craft.

The “Women of Vision” exhibition opened to the public in Oct. 2013 at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C.  It moved to Charlotte’s Mint Museum in March 2014 before its scheduled visit to Southeast Michigan.  The exhibition’s companion book, “Women of Vision: National Geographic Photographers on Assignment,” is now available wherever books are sold. It features a foreword from journalist Ann Curry as well as National Geographic magazine Editor in Chief Chris Johns.

“Cranbrook is pleased to be the first Midwest venue of National Geographic’s “Women of Vision” exhibition,” said Cranbrook President Dominic DiMarco.  “The artistic talents of these photographers, and the scientific content of the subject matter of this exciting exhibition, are a perfect complement to Cranbrook’s history and mission.  We’re thrilled to partner with PNC and National Geographic on this important project.”

The exhibit’s local media partners, WDIV-TV and WJR-AM 760, will highlight “Women of Vision” in their media coverage, including web site and social media channels. 

“The photography in this exhibition is some of the most important work published by National Geographic over the past decade,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president Exhibition for NGS. “We are so grateful to PNC for partnering with us to bring this exhibition to Cranbrook, which is one of the most prestigious art institutions in the U.S.”

Special April 2 Event to Feature National Geographic Contributing Photojournalist

On April 2, “Women of Vision” photographer Maggie Steber will make a special appearance at Gleaners Community Food Bank’s Women’s Power Breakfast, sponsored by PNC.  The event brings local women business, civic, and community leaders together to raise awareness and funds to fight child hunger.

“Women of Vision” is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society.

For more information about the exhibit, contact the Cranbrook Institute of Science at (248) 645-3200.


Cranbrook Institute of Science is a natural history and science museum that fosters in its members and visitors a passion for understanding the world around them. Drawing from its vast collection of more than 200,000 objects and artifacts, the Institute offers public programs, exhibits, events and lectures throughout the year.


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This exhibition is supported by PNC and The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the nation's largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management; and asset management. Follow @PNCNews on Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.

“Women of Vision” was curated by National Geographic Senior Photo Editor Elizabeth Krist and features images captured by the following 11 extraordinary photographers:

  • MacArthur Fellow Lynsey Addario is widely admired for her conflict coverage in Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Darfur, and the Congo. Featured assignment work includes images that document human rights issues, particularly the plight of women and families in conflict zones.
  • Kitra Cahana explores important social, anthropological, and spiritual themes. Born in Miami but raised in Canada and Sweden, Cahana earned her B.A. in philosophy from McGill University and her M.A. in visual and media anthropology from the Freie Universitat in Berlin.  She has won a first prize from World Press Photo, a TED Fellowship and the ICP Infinity Award. Her work includes images taken on assignment for NGM’s feature on the teenage brain and culture in the United States.
  • Jodi Cobb has worked in over 65 countries and produced 30 National Geographic magazine stories, including the acclaimed “21st-Century Slaves.” Cobb was the only photographer to penetrate the geisha world, which resulted in her Pulitzer Prize-nominated book, “Geisha: The Life, the Voices, the Art.” She was also the first photographer to document the hidden lives of the women of Saudi Arabia and among the first to travel across China when it reopened to the West. She has received numerous accolades, including repeated honors from the National Press Photographers Association, Pictures of the Year and World Press Photo as well as the 2012 Missouri Honor Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Cobb was the first woman to be named White House Photographer of the Year.
  • Diane Cook is a leading landscape photographer whose work is in numerous collections, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego; and the L.A. County Museum in Los Angeles. Cook often works collaboratively with her husband, Len Jenshel. Their National Geographic magazine stories have covered New York’s elevated park, the High Line; Mount St. Helens; Green Roofs; the Na’Pali Coast of Hawaii; the U.S.-Mexico border; and Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  
  • Carolyn Drake is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, the Lange Taylor Documentary Prize, and a World Press Photo award, and she was a finalist for the Santa Fe Prize. She has spent years documenting the cultures of Central Asia and life in western China’s Uygur region.
  • A Knight Fellow and passionate advocate for visual arts education, Lynn Johnson has covered a wide range of assignments for the magazine, producing images for 21 stories on subjects including vanishing languages and challenges facing human populations in Africa and Asia. Johnson has also participated in photo camps in Chad, Botswana and the Pine Ridge reservation. She has received several awards, including the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for Coverage of the Disadvantaged.
  • Beverly Joubert is a National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence, filmmaker, photographer, and co-founder of the Big Cats Initiative. Together with her husband, Dereck, she has been documenting the plight of African wildlife for more than 30 years. Her images have appeared in more than 100 magazines worldwide, and the Jouberts have co-authored several books and scientific papers. They have produced more than 25 television documentaries, and their 2011 feature film “The Last Lions” reached more than 350 million people worldwide. Their films have garnered seven Emmys, a Peabody, Panda Awards, and the World Ecology Award. The Jouberts were inducted into the American Academy of Achievement, and for their conservation work in Botswana they received the Presidential Order of Merit. 
  • Erika Larsen studies cultures with strong ties to nature. She published a 2009 story in the magazine on the Sami reindeer herders of Scandinavia, an assignment which grew out of her own documentary work for which she lived and worked within the culture for over four years.  Larsen received a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Rochester Institute of Technology and is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship and a New Jersey State Arts Council Fellowship. Larsen’s photography has been exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery and the Sami Ájtte Museum in Sweden.