Jim Blair studied at the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. As a freelance photographer, Blair has had commissions from the U.S. Information Agency, Time, and Life magazines. He spent over thirty years on staff at National Geographic. His photographs are represented in the permanent collections of the National Portrait Gallery (Washington DC), the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Portland Museum of Art (Maine) and the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh). Since retiring from the National Geographic Society in 1994, Blair has continued to photograph and teach.
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“The public lands belong to all Americans, and their conservation must begin with us. As American citizens, we have the privilege of sharing the natural treasures of our nation. We also have the responsibility of preserving and nurturing that inheritance and bequeathing it, intact, to future generations.”
– Gilbert M. Grosvenor, President, National Geographic Society