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Mountain Heroes: Portraits of Adventure (Face to Face) [Hardcover]

Huw Lewis-Jones , Sir Chris Bonington , Stephen Venables , Doug Scott
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Book Description

14 Oct 2011 Face to Face
Through the lives of legendary climbers and mountaineers, Mountain Heroes presents an epic account of endurance, enterprise, heroism and fellowship in the wildest of places. Come face to face with those who have spent their lives at altitude: explorers and pioneering travellers, intrepid ice climbers and extreme skiers, ecologists, photographers and film-makers. The weathered faces of black and white portraiture from the world's great collections are displayed alongside modern photographs by a group of leading adventure photographers such as Glen Denny, Cory Richards and Gordon Wiltsie. Among those featured are Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter Boardman, Joe Brown, George Mallory, Lynn Hill, Reinhold Messner, Tenzing Norgay, Kenton Cool, Galen Rowell, Edward Whymper, Royal Robbins, Steph Davis, Steve House, Maurice Herzog, Leo Houlding, Adam Watson, Marko Prezelj, Ines Papert and Ueli Steck. A unique and beautifully designed book, Mountain Heroes also includes special contributions from admired members of the mountaineering community, including Sir Chris Bonington, Stephen Venables and Doug Scott. Douglad MacDonald, editor-in-chief of Climbing magazine, says: In its approach, scope, and impressive execution, there s never been a climbing book like this. Highly recommended!

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Conway Maritime Press Ltd (14 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844861392
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844861392
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 27.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 199,266 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian of exploration and art director with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Formerly a Curator at the National Maritime Museum and the Scott Polar Research Institute, Huw now writes and lectures widely about exploration and the visual arts.

A best-selling author of history and photography books, Huw's titles include 'Arctic', 'Ocean Portraits', 'In Search of the South Pole', 'The Lifeboat', 'Mountain Heroes' - a finalist in the Banff Prize, which won Adventure Book of the Year at the World ITB Awards in Germany - and 'The Conquest of Everest', also a finalist at this year's Banff Festival. To date, his books have been published in 12 languages.

Huw continues to work as an international freelance curator, as well as being a historical and heritage consultant for media and broadcasting projects, most recently for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution charity. His future books include 'The Crossing of Antarctica', ongoing collaboration with celebrated Icelandic photographer Ragnar Axelsson, and republishing rare sketchbooks and original narratives of mountain exploration.

Huw also travels to the Arctic and Antarctica each year, working as a historian and polar guide. He is married to the author and photographer Kari Herbert and they live in Cornwall.

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"In its approach, broad scope, and impressive execution, there's never been a climbing book like this before. Highly recommended!" --Dougald MacDonald, Editor-in-Chief, "Climbing" magazine"The picture book of the year. Evocative . . . compelling . . . epic."--The Observer

About the Author

Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian, art director and editor from the University of Cambridge. He is the author of Polar Portraits and Ocean Portraits in his acclaimed Face to Face global photography series, now published by Conway. Formerly Curator at the National Maritime Museum and the Scott Polar Research Institute, Huw writes and lectures widely about exploration and the visual arts. His most recent works as an author are In Search of the South Pole and Arctic, which he wrote with adventurer Bruce Parry as a companion to the popular BBC series. Huw is currently Editorial Director of the indie publisher Polarworld.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost five stars 5 Dec 2012
This is indeed a great coffee table book, but inevitably there will be discussion about who is not included. For me the ommission of Terray and Bonatti is enough in itself to lose a star, but the portraits are excellent, and it is a lovely book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!! 21 April 2013
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This was bought as a present for my son and he was so taken with it that he lent it to me and I've got to agree - a worthy read!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visually stunning set of mountain portraits 13 Dec 2011
Those who have seen its precursor volumes, the "Face to Face" books of Polar and Ocean portraits, will appreciate this excellent addition to the series -- and those new to it are in for an astonishing and delightful visual treat. Although the title is different, the approach is similar: a collection of figures of great stature in the exploration of one of the earth's most challenging features, both in rare and unusual historical photographs from the past, and stunning contemporary portraits of current figures. Prolific lensman Nigel Millard again contributes some glorious shots, along with American adventure photog Cory Richards. Every portrait is accompanied by appreciative and engaging accounts of each climber's career, penned by Polar historian and curator Lewis-Jones. Amidst such an embarrassment of riches, it's hard to pick out a modest list of favorites, but I'll try. Of the historical portraits, I was especially delighted by the (somewhat unexpected, but a propos) appearances of John Ruskin and Leslie Stephen. Both men, the book convincingly argues, played an enormous role in building the poetic and mythical aura of the mountains and those who challenged them -- and both were the owners of suitably mountainous beards. I was also delighted to see the extraordinary portrait of Annie Smith Peck, a pioneering woman climber (and alumna of the college where I teach); though pictured late in her life, she has every ounce of spunk that she must have possessed on her way to the summit of Huascaran Norte in 1908. The contemporary shots are no less gripping, the more so when one almost has to wonder, as with those of Catherine Destivelle on Devil's Tower, or Leo Houlding partway up Mount Asgard, just what's holding them up! Read more ›
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mountain heroes 11 Feb 2012
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Great coffee table book, when you don't feel like getting out there yourself, read about those that have. Select your favourite holiday destination if you like, but these are not for the faint hearted.
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