Thomas J. Abercrombie

Photographer, Visual Artist

1930 – 2006

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Who was Thomas J. Abercrombie?

Thomas J. Abercrombie was a senior staff writer and photographer for National Geographic, well known for his work on Middle Eastern countries. During his tenure at the Geographic magazine, Abercrombie travelled to all seven continents, becoming the first staff photojournalist to travel to the South Pole in 1956 while providing photographs for Paul Siple's coverage of the first overwinter stay at the South Pole Station. Other notable coverage includes his photographs of Jacques Cousteau and his crew aboard Cousteau's vessel the Calypso and the transit of the first white tiger from India to the United States. Abercrombie was the first Western journalist to cover the Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in his article Beyond the Sands of Mecca, published 1966.

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Born
Aug 13, 1930
Stillwater
Also known as
  • Thomas Abercrombie
  • Tom Abercrombie
Spouses
Religion
  • Islam
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • Macalester College
Lived in
  • Stillwater
Died
Apr 3, 2006
Baltimore

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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