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Far to the North: Photographs from the Brooks Range [Hardcover]

Dennis Witmer

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18 July 2008
The Brooks Range, one of the most remote and least-disturbed wildernesses of North America, is immense and inaccessible enough to earn a nearly mythic reputation. Dennis Witmer's splendid volume, "Far to the North: Photographs from the Brooks Range" explores the limits of the tree line that juts through the southern edge of the range, revealing northern peaks and valleys bare of vegetation and glossed over by a softening snow that can arrive at any time of the year. A magnificent glimpse at nature in its most pristine and raw form, the epic photography featured in "Far to the North" will be a welcome addition to the collection of any explorer or lover of the northern landscape.

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  • Hardcover: 48 pages
  • Publisher: Far to the North Press (18 July 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0977102807
  • ISBN-13: 978-0977102808
  • Product Dimensions: 33 x 29 x 2 cm

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"A stunning, beautiful, and mesmerizing book that captures not only the remoteness of the range and its scale, but the numinous silence that stretches all the way to Ellesmere." - Barry Lopez, author of Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape"

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Dennis Witmer's work has been included in more than sixty exhibits over the past decade and is in the collections of the University of Alaska Museum, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, as well as many private collections.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Capturing another time in rural Alaska 15 Sep 2009
By Jerald Stroebele - Published on Amazon.com
Front Street, Kotzebue preserves images and memories of Kotzebue, Alaska in the late 1970's. Kotzebue is an Inupiaq Eskimo village on the shores of the Chukchi Sea, but it is also a regional center for all the nearby smaller villages. There are no roads to or from Kotzebue. Winter travel is by snowmachine, airplane and still a few dog teams. Summer travel is by airplane (including jets) and boats. Hence, the importance of Front Street, where snowmachines arrive in winter from across the sea ice and boats arrive and depart all summer (late June is ice out, mid October is freeze up.) Dennis Witmer is my friend. I often saw him lugging his old tripod-mounted, early 1900's contact cameras around Kotzebue summer and winter in all kinds of weather, mostly very cold and windy. The photographer is tough. The photographs warm my heart. Jerald Stroebele, Anchorage, Alaska
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5.0 out of 5 stars Photographing the conflict between industry and beauty in a small town in the Arctic. 13 Mar 2009
By Harris Fogel - Published on Amazon.com
In keeping with Dennis Witmer's earlier projects, his latest book, "Front Street, Kotzebue," follows his tradition of quiet, carefully composed images that reflect upon the sense of place.

The images seem composed as a reminder of the constant internal battle between the beauty, remoteness, and native industry, versus the desecration, trash, haphazardness, and lack of respect for controls that seem the hallmarks of communities like Kotzebue.

In this beautifully printed book of large-format, black-and-white images, Witmer's photographs describe those conflicts precisely, with both candor and affection. It is at once both a loving description of this tiny little corner of Alaska, and a cautionary tale of a community living on the edge.

This is a tale tempered by the extraordinary beauty and unforgiving relation with nature, with the reality that we can't leave only footprints. Coupled with a classic use of large format photographic technique applied with full mastery of the process, this book is a quiet, contemplative, and sublime experience.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful book 6 Feb 2009
By B. Huff - Published on Amazon.com
This book is nothing short of remarkable. Dennis has made a distinguished career for himself in Alaska, and we are indebted to his steady eye and craftsmanship. With Kotzebue, he has produced a book that sets a new standard for photography books on Alaska. This book isn't about tourism or easy cliches - it's scope is larger than that.

This book is a must for any discerning collector, or appreciator, of photography.
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