Stephen Alvarez@salvarezphoto

Journalist, artist, photographer for @natgeo founder of @ancientartarchive.

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Stephen Alvarez

Majalis al Jinn is one of the most spectacular places I have ever seen. It is an 11 acre cave room in the Sultanate of Oman. In August when I shot this image a shaft of light illuminates the room. Access is by way of a 600 foot drop down the middle of the cavern. I am offering this images as part of my Winter Flash Print Sale. Follow the link in my profile for more info.
Shot on assignment for @natgeo #majalisaljinn #cave


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Skogafoss Iceland | This image is part of my winter FLASH PRINT SALE! $100 for a signed archive print follow the link in my profile. Proceeds to benefit the nonprofit @ancientartarchive. Support a good cause and get a print at the same time!


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$100 Flash print sale to benefit @ancientartarchive follow the link in my profile. | For the next 7 days I am selling prints of some of this year's more popular Instagram images. Proceeds from all sales benefit the nonprofit @ancientartarchive. Help us preserve humanity's oldest stories and get a beautiful 8x8" signed archival image.
This Image: Three female Basketmaker culture images on a rock wall in Southern Utah. Collectively Basketmaker culture covers the introduction of corn into the Southwestern US.


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The Inca citadel of Machu Picchu stands on a goose-neck above the Urubamba River in Southern Peru. The city was constructed around 1450 CE during the reign of the two great Inca Emperors  Pachacutec Inca Yupanquiand Túpac Inca Yupanqui. However, the city was abandoned by the time of the Spanish Conquest. It remained unknown to the outside world until archaeologist Hiram Bingham began exploration of the site in 1911. Sometimes refered to as the "Lost City" of the Inca, it was never really lost. The Inca of course always knew where it was. #Peru


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I can watch giraffe all day. They are such improbable animals with their long, articulated necks , expressive eyes and horns. This one was grabbing a snack from the top of a tree in the Tanzanian Serengeti. #giraffe #Tanzania


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A rock dove flies through a vaulted entrance of the mosque at the Taj Mahal in Agra. The Taj Mahal itself is a mausoleum but it is flanked by a mosque and a mirror building that balances out the architectural composition. @natgeoimagecollection #india


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Ominous late afternoon light falls on the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. It also illuminates the roof tops of the very modern city of Lhasa. The amount of development in Tibet since the completion of the Qinghai-Tibet railway is amazing. Tremendous numbers immigrants are moving to this once remote province and ethnic Tibetans will soon be a minority. #Tibet


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I have watched grown men reduced to tears by its grandeur. The Taj Mahal is the most beautiful building I have ever seen. Photographs can't even begin to express its perfection. Commissioned as a mausoleum in 1632 by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan to house the remains of his favorite wife, the Taj Mahal is set in a 42 acre complex of gardens and buildings on the Yamuna River. It is the "jewel of Muslim art in India." Shot on assignment for @natgeoexpeditions


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Pre-dawn sky in Apia Samoa. This early jet lagged morning I walked out of my hotel room in Apia to the most wonderful night sky. We often talk about jet lag like its a bad thing but it often opens up parts of the day that we'd otherwise be occupying with sleep. #travel #Samoa


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The Monastery in Petra, Jordan. The Treasury is the more famous building but for my taste the Monastery is more impressive. #petra #jordan @natgeoexpeditions


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After a long day of carrying tourists, a Bedouin man leads his camels past Al-Khazneh (The Treasury) in the Nabatean city of Petra. Built in the first century AD a mausoleum it is the most famous of Petra’s carved facades. In the 1st century Petra was a prosperous city of 20,000 built in part on the lucrative trade in frankincense. The engineering that went into Petra is astounding. Not only were huge tombs like this carved from solid rock but water was diverted for miles along covered aqueducts to water the city. On assignment for @natgeoexpeditions #petra #jordan


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Chomolungma rises like a giant pyramid of stone among the high peaks of Himalayas. Known in the west as Mt Everest, it is the undisputed tallest mountain in the world. The official height is 29,029 feet but it continually gains height as the Indian land mass collides with Eurasia. I shot this image from an airplane window on yesterday's flight from Lhasa to Kathmandu. Always pick a window seat flying over the Himalayas! #Chomolungma #everest #aerial


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