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April 11, 2021 38 min

James Pease Blair, one of National Geographic's legendary photographers  talks about love, life, and legacy. 

Jim began his 32 year career at the National Geographic Society with a splash as staff photographer on board Jacques Cousteau's Calypso in 1962. As a photography student in the fifties at the Institute of Design in Chicago, he studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, but it was his years as a summer intern with Roy E. Stryker, at the Pittsburgh Photographic Library that made the biggest impression on Jim. Jim Blair's artistry and empathy brought a new kind of humanity to National Geographic which went from being a travel and culture magazine to a  journal which included social and environmental images that revealed the soul of planet and its inhabitants.

Now in this late chapter of his life, Jim is contending with a lung condition that his reduced him to 35 percent breathing capacity, and yet he continues to live life with eyes and heart wide open. Don't miss this powerfully moving episode.

MUSIC:
Taps- Bugle Call: USMC Drum & Bugle Corps
Happy Birthday-Jazz Piano Arrangement by Jonny May
Chicago- Frank Sinatra 
Juke- Little Walter
Government Camp Song-Mary and Betty Campbell, Shafter FSA Camp, August 9, 1941
There's a Pawn Shop on The Corner -Guy Mitchell
PittsburghTown-Pete Seeger 
The Aquarium, Carnival of the Animals-Camille Saint-Saens
Calypso-John Denver
National Geographic 1964 - 1987 Full Theme

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