Newmark Theatre

National Geographic Live - Beauty and the Bizarre

Anand Varma, National Geographic Emerging Explorer & Science Photographer

When Anand Varma takes a photograph of a parasitic wasp consuming a caterpillar from the inside, he doesn’t want to you to be disgusted. He wants you to be astonished. After all, he’s devoted years of his life to perfecting his techniques to create dramatic, bizarre—and beautiful—images of the miniature world around us. In these truly unique images, he reveals the secret life cycle of the honeybee, captures the lightning-fast behaviors of hummingbirds, and offers a rare glimpse at our world's small wonders.

This presentation is part of the 2018/19 National Geographic Live Series and the 2018-19 Portland'5 Education Program season.

*This presentation replaces National Geographic Live – Standing at the Water's Edge (with Cristina Mittermeier) at the Newmark Theatre on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 7:30pm. Original tickets will be honored for Beauty and the Bizarre with Anand Varma.


Single presentation tickets ($27.25–$52.25 plus fees) are available now. Tickets are also available at the Portland'5 Box Office, TicketsWest outlets or by phone: 800.273.1530.

Series subscriptions ($136.25–$241.25 plus a one-time $24.00 order fee) are no longer available for 2018/19. Look for 2019/20 series subscription updates in spring 2019.


Anand Varma (photo credit: Mark Thiessen)Anand Varma is a science photographer who works to tell the story behind the science of everything, from primate behavior and hummingbird biomechanics to amphibian disease and forest ecology. Varma started photographing natural history subjects while studying integrative biology at UC Berkeley and spent several years assisting other photographers before receiving a National Geographic Young Explorer grant to document the wetlands of Patagonia. He has since become a regular contributor to National Geographic as well as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.

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