Inside the Photo Seminar
National Geographic magazine Photo Seminar was held on January 12-13, 2012.

In 1967, a group of photographers gathered in a small office at National Geographic headquarters to check in with each other after the holidays?and to look at and talk about their work. Within a few years that informal gathering grew into National Geographic annual Photo Seminar, a day-long celebration of the medium that was attended by more than 500 people this year.Throughout the seminar, we asked our photographers three questions:

The seminar closed with a presentation by photographer David LaChapelle, whose photo entitled The Rape of Africa was inspired by the January 2009 Geographic story "The Real Price of Gold", a report on the environmental and human costs of gold mining in Africa.