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Galen Rowell: A Retrospective

A Retrospective

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October 10, 2006 | Hardcover | 10 x 13, 288 Pages | ISBN 9781578051151
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"Galen Rowell [had] a wonderful combination of qualities — eye, energy, intelligence, sensitivity, courage both physical and moral, and above all, heart." —Robert Redford, American actor and filmmaker

Galen Rowell was the archetypal adventure photographer, his iconic images published in leading magazines and scores of books, exhibited in major galleries, and cherished by fans ranging from the Dalai Lama to news anchor Tom Brokaw. When he and his wife and business partner, Barbara Cushman Rowell, perished in a small-plane crash in 2002, he had just completed a landmark assignment for National Geographic and had begun making stunning new images of his favorite old haunts in the Sierra Nevada. This highly acclaimed volume includes more than 175 images representing all phases and dimensions of Rowell’s singular career, chosen by the editors with whom he worked most closely, overseen by his family and studio colleagues, and reproduced to the highest standards of lithography from digital masters of his 35mm frames. Complementing and illuminating the pictures are essays and commentaries by Rowell’s friends and associates from the worlds of mountaineering, conservation, photography, and publishing, along with an in-depth biographical introduction by Robert Roper and an appreciation of his work by photography critic Andy Grundberg.

GALEN ROWELL, internationally renowned photographer and mountaineer, is the author of such acclaimed books as My Tibet (with His Holiness the Dalai Lama) and Mountains of the Middle Kingdom. His work regularly appears in Life, National Geographic, Outside, and Sports Illustrated.


“Photographer Rowell’s athleticism enabled him to reach nearly inaccessible yet perfect vantage points for viewing magnificent vistas… Friends and colleagues testify to Rowell’s spirit and accomplishments, from Tom Brokaw, who describes Rowell’s photographs as ‘great, soaring symphonies,’ to fellow nature photographer Frans Lanting, who points out parallels between Rowell’s sublime photographs and the luminous paintings of the landscape painter Frederic Church, dubbing Rowell a ‘modern transcendentalist.’ Rowell awoke us to the majesty of our planet and the need to cherish it.” —Booklist Starred Review

“Galen Rowell [had] a wonderful combination of qualities — eye, energy, intelligence, sensitivity, courage both physical and moral, and above all, heart. Very seldom have I experienced so clearly defined the connection between the artist and what he sees, feels, and does with the work itself.” —Robert Redford, American actor and filmmaker

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