What is FOUND?

Found is a curated collection of photography from the National Geographic archives. Started in 2013 to honor our 125th anniversary, the blog showcases photographs that reveal cultures and moments from our past.

Some of these photos have never been published before, others were in the magazine years ago but since then have rarely been seen by the public. Their beauty has been lost to the outside world. 

We hope to bring new life to these images and the history they represent by sharing them with audiences far and wide. Many of the images are missing their original date or location, but each represents a story, captured in time yet in many ways timeless.

If you have insights to share about an image, please let us know.

This is a great adventure. We will be adding new voices, stories, and artifacts as we go. It is a labor of love to share this experience with everyone, and we hope you make FOUND your home for inspiration and wonder.

The FOUND Logo

The typeface used in the FOUND logo is Ludwig Light, designed by National Geographic cartographer Charles E. Riddiford in the 1930s and 40s. A humanist serif typeface, Ludwig’s calligraphic sensibilities offer a nod to the behind-the-scenes work of FOUND’s curators and editors. Its deep connection to National Geographic’s rich history make it a great choice for FOUND’s logo.

For more on National Geographic’s cartographic typefaces, read this piece by geographer Juan Valdes.

For professional photo licensing, please contact natgeocreative@ngs.org or visit http://www.natgeocreative.com.

Web Barr

Digital Producer

Web Barr is a digital producer for National Geographic magazine, and he pitched the idea of FOUND after many conversations about our 125th anniversary celebration. Web brings his appreciation for wild, quirky and awe-inspiring moments to FOUND.

Janna Dotschkal

Photo Editor

Janna Dotschkal edits photography for National Geographic’s website and helps direct the voice of FOUND. With a photographer’s love for aesthetics, composition and film grain, Janna sifts through our digitized files to find just the right formula.

Roy Wilhelm


Roy Wilhelm, an interaction designer for National Geographic’s website, helped lay out the FOUND template. In looking for small details that could pay homage to the Society’s history, Roy uncovered the old map typeface for the FOUND logo as an anchor for the project.

Bill Bonner

Guardian of the Collection

William Bonner curates our extensive photography archive in the basement of our headquarters in Washington, D.C. Even after years of digging through the shelves of the archive, he still continues to find new stories and inspiring images that increase his appreciation for the collection.

Photographs by Janna Dotschkal