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Will Furman, Lloyd Baggs and Jim Stimson:
Reflections of Bodie and the Eastern Sierra

Showing Daily in the Mountain Light Guest Exhibit Gallery!

Image (c) Will Furman
Reflections of Yesterday, © 2017 Will Furman

Mountain Light is pleased to present this exhibit of fine art prints from Will Furman's unique photographic project, Inside-Out. The exhibit also includes a collection of incredibly beautiful scenes from the Eastern Sierra and the Owens Valley by Lloyd Baggs and Jim Stimson.

On display in our Guest Gallery at Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, California, this exhibit is open daily through December 2015, except during workshops hosted here.

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Image (c) Will Furman
Memories of Yesterday, © 2017 Will Furman

WILL FURMAN'S fine art images bring together a lifetime of immersion in film, drama, theater, music and photography. He has directed and photographed hundreds of film and television productions, and numerous live music shows. He is also a cabaret singer, musician and performer. Through his involvement in the arts he has developed a distinct eye that captures the drama, serenity and magic of nature and the world around him.

Inside-Out is a single image photographic technique Furman developed that simultaneously uses both the reflectivity and translucency of windows to create a single image with multiple planes or levels. The glass in the windows combines the transparent image and the reflected image, at the same time, thereby creating what appear to be two images superimposed History comes alive as you travel inside each photograph, seeing both inside and outside the building at the same moment.

Image (c) Lloyd Baggs
Father Crowley, © 2017 Lloyd Baggs

LLOYD BAGGS was captivated from the first time he laid eyes on the Sierra as a boy and has been attempting to capture it ever since his parents gave him a Brownie box camera. It started simply as a way to bring some of the feeling and excitement back to his home in Los Angeles. While in college he was inspired by the work of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston and graduated with a degree in printmaking and photography. After college he established himself as a fine art master printer and worked for Gemini G.E.L, Tamarind Institute and Cirrus Editions.

His work has received an Excellence Award in Black and White Magazine and it may also be found in the collections of the Mono County offices and Mammoth Hospital. It is represented by The Mono Lake Committee in Lee Vining, CA

Image (c) Jim Stimson
Primordial Ooze, © 2017 Jim Stimson

JIM STIMSON'S photographs of the western landscape are published in a wide variety of books, magazines and calendars. He has authored a number of articles and his work has appeared in Smithsonian, Orion, Backpacker, Sierra, Earth, Wilderness, Outdoor Photographer, Camera and Darkroom, and View Camera magazines and in Audubon, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Museum of Natural History, Browntrout, and Mono Lake calendars. Stimson was presented the Ansel Adam's Award for Photography by the Sierra Club and his book, Mono Lake: Explorations and Reflections was chosen Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine. He has also been honored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, The Banff Mountain Film Festival, and the Maine Photographic Workshops. His fine-art prints are carried by Mammoth Gallery in Mammoth Lakes, Mountain Light in Bishop, and the G2 Gallery in Venice, California and have been collected and exhibited throughout the United States, Japan and Europe.

2014 Photographic Workshops Announced!

Mountain Light 2014 Workshops Announced!
Photo © 2017 Jim Stimson

Mountain Light Gallery is pleased to present its Photography Workshop Schedule for 2014, featuring six of the best instructors in the business.

Join David Muench, Jim Stimson, Elizabeth Carmel, Jerry Dodrill and Gordon Wiltsie as they go on location to some of the most stunning regions in the Western United States including Point Reyes National Seashore, the Eastern Sierra and Olympic National Park.

Our workshops have been honored with recognition by both Sunset and American Photo magazines – Sunset having selected our workshop program as one of its top-ten smart vacation picks, while American Photo gave our workshops top billing among a handful of America's best photo workshop operators.

Mountain Light 2014 Workshops Announced!
Photo © 2017 David Muench

Mountain Light 2014
Photographic Workshops Schedule:

Jim Stimson and Jerry Dodrill:
Winter in the Eastern Sierra

January 16 – 19, 2014

Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill:
Point Reyes National Seashore

April 14 – 17, 2014

David Muench: Olympic National Park
July 21 – 26, 2014

Gordon Wiltsie: Autumn in the Eastern Sierra
October 2 – 5, 2014

Elizabeth Carmel: Autumn in the Eastern Sierra
October 9 – 12, 2014

Mountain Light 2014 Workshops Announced!
Photo © 2017 Elizabeth Carmel
A 10% registration discount will be granted to returning participants who have taken any past workshop operated by Mountain Light, as well as to new participants who simultaneously enroll in two or more workshops for 2014. The registration discount is also available to full-time students, full-time art or photography instructors and members of the North American Nature Photographers' Association. Please note that these discounts are not cumulative and that the maximum available discount on any workshop is 10 percent.

Each workshop is limited in size to ensure that everyone receives the time and attention needed. We expect these to fill up quickly, please contact us promptly to reserve your space.

For a complete schedule or to reserve your space, please visit the Workshops page!

Peter Essick: Images from
"The Ansel Adams Wilderness"

Sausalito Art Festival Galen Rowell Exhibit
Nancy Pass, Minarets © 2017 Peter Essick

In recognition of the 50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act, Mountain Light Gallery is pleased to host an exhibit featuring the black-and-white photography of National Geographic photographer Peter Essick.

The exhibit, featuring images from Essick's most recent book, The Ansel Adams Wilderness, will go on display Nov. 1.

Essick's imagery pays tribute to Adams' pioneering visions of the Sierra Nevada. Hailed by critics for re-energizing black-and-white nature photography, Essick manages to deftly walk the fine line of adding a fresh take on the cherished, yet often-photographed landscape. Essick's appreciation for the stark, craggy beauty of the Sierra – coupled with his evident respect for Adams – makes the exhibit a must-see for those who share his values.

Thinking Like a River: Art, Advocacy,
and the Legacy of David Brower

Showing Daily through September, 2013
in the Mountain Light Guest Exhibit Gallery

David R. Brower
David R. Brower

Environmentalist, mountaineer and visionary David R. Brower changed the way our society thinks about natural places and, consequently, changed the world. In 2012 Brower would have been 100, and Mountain Light celebrates his legacy of activism with this special summer exhibition. The show features the exhibit format books pioneered by Brower, who believed that if people could experience natural places through powerful imagery, they would feel a greater sense of responsibility to protect them.

With stunning nature photography from Bill Curtsinger, best known for capturing deep-sea life, and work by Joseph Holmes, celebrated landscape photographer, the exhibition magnifies the enduring power of art as tool for advocacy.

Team HighPoint Takes Highpointing International In 2010 and 2011

48 State and 9 international Highpoints Achieved

Colorado-based Team HighPoint from the non-profit 501(c)(3) 50 For Tibet fund-raising project in support of The Rowell Fund For Tibet has returned from Scandinavia where they successfully achieved four new country international highpoints (Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark) from June 26th through July 10th.

With the five international country highpoints achieved in 2010, Team HighPoint has now accumulated nine total international highpoints and 48 U.S. state highpoints (as well as Washington D.C.) since the project's inception in June 2006.

Since 50 For Tibet's beginning in 2006, more than 120,000 miles of travel have been logged and approximately $210,000 in donations have been raised to promote The Rowell Fund For Tibet, an organization which provides grants to help preserve the threatened Tibetan culture. In addition, Team HighPoint has provided education and publicity about the Tibetan situation resulting from the occupation by China over the past 60 years.

"It is my intention to take the message of the Tibetan crisis to every corner of the globe. By climbing highpoints, there is a natural curiosity by many people on why we are doing this around the world. With that spotlight of attention, we can relay the story of why Tibetans worldwide need our help," states Team HighPoint member John Jancik. "So many people have asked me why we do something as dangerous as mountaineering to bring attention to this cause. My reply is that we are doing something far less dangerous than what Tibetans face on a daily basis; the preservation of their culture."

Team HighPoint consists of John Jancik (Parker, Colorado), Terri Baker (Parker, Colorado), David Baker (Denver, Colorado) and Steve Gardiner (Billings, Montana). John and Terri, who originally met the late legendary photographer and mountaineer Galen Rowell in 1995 as the three of them prepared for their participation in the 1996 Top Of The World Expedition to northern Greenland, now serve on The Advisory Board of The Rowell Fund For Tibet. On September 23rd, 2006, Team HighPoint was honored with a special meeting with His Holiness The Dalai Lama during his visit to Colorado.

To learn more about Team HighPoint and its 50 For Tibet project, see the Team HighPoint website or contact John Jancik via email. More information about the Tibetan situation is available from the International Campaign for Tibet website or by phone at (202) 785-1515.

New images added to fine print collection

Mountain Light is pleased to announce the addition of fourteen Galen Rowell images to its Fine Print collection.

While conducting research for specific projects, Mountain Light staff regularly search through Galen's archive of over two hundred thousand images. Occasionally we come across an original 35mm transparency that we feel is exceptional, and suitable to be added to our fine art print collection. These recent additions, which span different points in Galen's career, include images from California's High Sierra, Antarctica, Alaska, Arizona, Canada, Pakistan, Siberia, Tibet and Zimbabwe.






The images include: Spring break-up on Lake Baikal, Siberia, 1987 (AA0422); Red foxes near Chenik Lagoon, Alaska Peninsula, Alaska, 1991 (AA0619); Sunrise on Kangbochen (23,933 ft.) from Pekhu Tso, Tibet, 1988 (AA0648); Emperor penguin leaping the ice edge, Riiser-Larsen Colony, Weddell Sea, Antarctica, 1993 (AA0835); Victoria Falls at sunset from the air, Zambezi River, Zimbabwe, 1994 (AA0861); Sunrise at Padres Buttes, Lake Powell Arizona, 2000 (AA1069); Autumn mist over the Barrens, headwaters of the Thelon River, Northwest Territories, Canada, 1998 (AA1093); Wild seas of the Drake Passage to Antarctica, 2002 (AA1215); Winter sunrise on Basin Mountain from the air, Eastern Sierra, California, 2002 (AA1223); Sunset on El Capitan from Higher Cathedral Rock, Yosemite National Park, California, 1990 (AA1228); Sunrise on the Eastern Sierra over Owens Valley ranchland, California, 2000 (AA1244); Porters at Concordia, beneath K2 (28,251ft.), Karakoram Himalaya, Pakistan, 1989 (AA1246); Alpenglow on the east face of Mt. Whitney in winter, Eastern Sierra, California, 1995 (AA1247); Arctic Fox near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, 1993 (AA1245).

Eight of the images appear in the new book, Galen Rowell: A Retrospective, available now through Mountain Light.

In Stock and Available Now: Softcover
Reprint of Galen Rowell's Inner Game!

Galen Rowell's Inner Game - now in softcover!Mountain Light Gallery is pleased to announce the availability of the much anticipated softcover release of Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography.

Published by W.W. Norton & Company, Inner Game features 140 color photographs and 66 essays in which Galen reveals the art, craft and philosophy behind his renowned images. Available in paperback for the first time, this groundbreaking work remains both an inspired manual to taking better pictures and an inspiring journey of discovery into the creative process.

Galen Rowell's Inner Game is $29.95 plus shipping. To place your order, call us at (760) 873-7700 or visit the Mountain Light Book Store!

Signed, Limited Edition Wild Horses below Fitz Roy Available in the Collectors Vault!

Signed Wild horses below Fitz Roy Galen RowellNow available from the Rowell Family Collection is a signed, limited edition 16" x 20" Crystal Archive LightJet print of Galen Rowell's AA#0431, Wild Horses below Fitz Roy, Patagonia, Argentina (1985). Presented in a custom hardwood frame with anti-reflective UV glazing, the print is in excellent condition and is among Rowell's most popular images. The print and mat are signed, dated and numbered by the artist. The mat is acid-free 100% cotton museum board. It includes a certificate of authenticity and is offered at a price of $9000.

Collectors interested in rare Galen Rowell prints are encouraged to view our online Newsletter and use the signup link to be added to our notification list. Be sure to select the Rare and Collectible Prints option on the signup form.

For more information, on this and other rare and collectible prints, visit the Mountain Light Collector's Vault!

Eastern Sierra Friends of Machik Fundraiser for Tibetan Schools at Mountain Light

Carr Clifton Exhibit at Mountain Light Gallery

Eastern Sierra Friends of Machik is holding a fundraiser at Mountain Light Gallery starting at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 13, to raise funds for students in a remarkable school in Eastern Tibet. Rebecca Martin, Director of the Expeditions Council at the National Geographic Society will present some of the exciting current expeditions National Geographic has underway. Losang Rabgey, Executive Director of Machik, will speak about the life-changing work this organization is doing in Tibet.

In 2005, Barbara Kelley, a long-time teacher at Bishop Elementary School, traveled to Chungba Primary School in Litang County, Ganzi Prefecture of China, a vast region of about one million Tibetans. There she lived with a local family and taught English to the students, teachers, and community members. As a veteran teacher she was struck by the incredible dedication and hard work of the students and teachers at the school.

Located deep in the heartland of Kham, Chungba was, until a few short years ago, a typical rural Tibetan community, with no electricity, running water, telephone, internal roads and virtually no literacy. Today, an investment in both a primary and a middle school has stimulated a broad-based effort to revitalize the community while setting a new standard for rural Tibetan education. The Chungba Schools have become a model for rural education throughout the eighteen counties of the Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture – a remote region geographically similar to Inyo and Mono Counties. Successful projects include an annual summer learning program, a traditional Tibetan dance program, a trilingual library (Tibetan, Chinese, English), and an organic greenhouse and other green technologies to promote conservation and environmental sustainability.

Upon her return, Barbara has brought together a group of supporters for the students, the Eastern Sierra Friends of Machik. Members have assisted in telling the story of the children of Chungba and their education needs, and have provided essential financial assistance for the students and for teacher education.

Tax-deductable donations to Eastern Sierra Friends of Machik go directly to the high school expenses of students graduating from Chungba Middle School. As there is no high school in the region, students must go elsewhere in Tibet or China to continue to learn. It costs $2,000 per student for three years of high school, which covers room, board, tuition, books, materials and personal needs of the students. ESFOM is helping to raise the $62,000 that is needed to cover expenses for the 31 9th graders who will graduate this June.

For more information about the April 13 event at Mountain Light or about Eastern Sierra Friends of Machik, contact Barbara Kelley at esfomachik@gmail.com, or visit www.Machik.org.

An Ascent Challenge fundraiser will be held during the week of May 12-20. Please contact Andy Selters at machikascentweek@gmail.com for more information.

Featured Artist Exhibit: Sierra Photographers

Sierra Photographers Exhibit at Mountain Light Gallery
Poppies, Lupin, Superstition Mountains, Arizona, © 2017 Jim Stimson

Sweeping panoramic vistas, evocative landscapes and cultural portraits are featured in a new guest artist exhibit at Mountain Light Gallery.

Showcasing images by Sierra photographers Vern Clevenger, Jim Stimson, Londie Padelsky, Jerry Dodrill and John Dittli, the exhibit resonates with each artist's passion for exploration and their dedication to living a life immersed amid natural beauty.

The exhibit is available for viewing Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For more information, please visit the Featured Artists page.

Order Your Galen Rowell Calendars for 2013!

The Galen Rowell calendars for 2013 are now available in the Mountain Light online store. These 12-sheet wall calendars measure 12" x 12" and are published by Sellers Publishing, Inc.

2013 Galen Rowell CalendarsCalifornia the Beautiful 2013 features some of Galen's best images from his home state, from snow-covered mountains in the north to white sand beaches and blistering deserts in the south.

2013 Galen Rowell CalendarsAmerican Landscapes 2013 celebrates the scenic beauty and diverse wildlife of North America's national parks and open spaces through this unique portfolio of Galen's work.

The 2013 calendars are just $14.99 each. Visit the Mountain Light Online Store and reserve yours today!

2013 Photographic Workshops Announced!

Mountain Light 2013 Zion National Park Workshop  with David Muench
Photo © 2017 David Muench

Mountain Light Gallery is pleased to present its Photography Workshop Schedule for 2013, featuring five of the best instructors in the business.

Join David Muench, Jack Dykinga, Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill as they go on location to some of the most stunning regions in the Western United States including Death Valley N.P., the Eastern Sierra, Zion National Park and the California Coastal Redwoods.

Our workshops have been honored with recognition by both Sunset and American Photo magazines – Sunset having selected our workshop program as one of its top-ten smart vacation picks, while American Photo gave our workshops top billing among a handful of America's best photo workshop operators.

Mountain Light 2013 Crescent City Giant Redwoods Workshop with Jack Dykinga
Photo © 2017 Jack Dykinga

Mountain Light 2013
Photographic Workshops Schedule:

Jack Dykinga: Spring in Death Valley
March 14 – 17, 2013

Jerry Dodrill:
Spring in the Eastern Sierra

April 26 – 28, 2013

Jack Dykinga:
Giant Redwoods in Crescent City

May 23 – 26, 2013

Jerry Dodrill: Eastern Sierra Fall Colors
October 4 – 6, 2013

Elizabeth Carmel: Eastern Sierra Fall Colors
October 10 – 13, 2013

David Muench: Autumn in Zion National Park
November 7 – 10, 2013

Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill:
Autumn in Wine Country

November 14 – 17, 2013

Mountain Light 2013 Yellowstone National Park Workshop with Gordon Wiltsie
Photo © 2017 Gordon Wiltsie
A 10 percent registration discount will be granted to returning participants who have taken any past workshop operated by Mountain Light, as well as to new participants who simultaneously enroll in two or more workshops for 2013. The registration discount is also available to full-time students, full-time art or photography instructors and members of the North American Nature Photographers' Association. Please note that these discounts are not cumulative and that the maximum available discount on any workshop is 10 percent.

Each workshop is limited in size to ensure that everyone receives the time and attention needed. We expect these to fill up quickly, please contact us promptly to reserve your space.

For a complete schedule or to reserve your space, please visit the Workshops page!

Special Exhibit, Reception and Fundraiser:

500 and Rising Exhibit

500 and Rising is a special exhibit celebrating the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep and the Migrating Mural, a public art and conservation project by artist and science illustrator Jane Kim. The exhibit's opening night will feature a fundraiser art auction of work by Jane Kim and local photographers including Andy Selters, John Dittli, Jim Stimson, Stephen Ingram, Moose Peterson, Art Lawrence, Steve Yeager, Tony Milici, Dave McCoy, Ben Ditto, Dennis Jensen and the late Galen Rowell. Proceeds benefit the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation and the Migrating Mural.

The 500 and Rising exhibit will be on display at Mountain Light Gallery from February 16 through April 30, 2013. A Reception and Fundraiser will be held on on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Bishop gallery. Tickets for the Reception are $30 each at the door, or $25 in advance through Sage to Summit, 312 N. Main Street, Bishop, or the Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Foundation website.

For more information, please visit the Featured Artists page.

Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep FoundationMountain Light PhotographySage to SummitInk Dwell

Save Now on Artisan Gifts in our Gallery!

2013 Galen Rowell Calendars

Now through Monday, February 18, enjoy 10% savings on all artisan gifts in our Bishop Gallery! Jewelry, ceramics and woodturning by local artists Daryl and Mary Lou Aukee, Michael Cooke, Danielle Dublino, Leah Dutcher, Janet Guglielmino, Pat Hutto, David Miller, Ron Overholtz, Robin Stater, Norma Vedder and John Webber are among the unique and beautiful handcrafted gifts now on display.

Come see for yourself! Our Bishop Gallery is open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 5 pm and 11 am to 4 pm on Sundays. Our knowledgeable staff will be happy to assist you in choosing the perfect gift for that special someone.

2012 Photographic Workshops Announced!

Mountain Light 2010 Death Valley and Zion Workshops
 with Jack Dykinga
Photo © 2017 Jack Dykinga

Mountain Light Photography is pleased to announce its 2012 Photography Workshops, plus the addition of a Fall workshop to its 2011 schedule.

By popular demand, Mountain Light has added a Fall 2011 workshop with Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jack Dykinga. This new addition is slated for Oct. 12-15 and will feature field sessions in the majestic Eastern Sierra and instructional and critique sessions at Mountain Light Gallery. For additional details about this workshop, please visit the Workshops page or call our friendly staff at (760) 873-7700.

Mountain Light 2010 Eastern Sierra Workshop with David Muench
Photo © 2017 Elizabeth Carmel

In 2012, join David Muench, Jack Dykinga, Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill as they expand your visual horizons amid some of the most beautiful and geographically diverse locations in the Western United States. This year, the Mountain Light workshop series will visit the expansive Death Valley National Park, the lush Grand Teton National Park, the ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, mystic Mono Lake and the hauntingly beautiful ghost town of Bodie State Park. By popular demand, Mountain Light will also offer three classic sessions in California's beautiful Eastern Sierra.

Our workshops have been honored with recognition by both Sunset and American Photo magazines – Sunset having selected our workshop program as one of its top-ten smart vacation picks, while American Photo gave our workshops top billing among a handful of America's best photo workshop operators.

Mountain Light 2012 Photographic Workshops Schedule:

Jack Dykinga: Spring in Death Valley
March 12 – 15, 2012

Jerry Dodrill: Spring in the Eastern Sierra
April 26 – 29, 2012

David Muench: Spring in the Eastern Sierra
May 3 – 6, 2012

Jack Dykinga: Grand Teton National Park
September 24 – 27, 2012

Elizabeth Carmel: Eastern Sierra Fall Colors
October 4 – 7, 2012

Mountain Light 2010 Eastern Sierra Workshop with John Shaw
Photo © 2017 David Muench
A 10 percent registration discount will be granted to returning participants who have taken any past workshop operated by Mountain Light, as well as to new participants who simultaneously enroll in two or more workshops for 2012. The registration discount is also available to full-time students, full-time art or photography instructors and members of the North American Nature Photographers' Association. Please note that these discounts are not cumulative and that the maximum available discount on any workshop is 10 percent.

Each workshop is limited in size to ensure that everyone receives the time and attention needed. We expect these to fill up quickly, please contact us promptly to reserve your space.

For a complete schedule or to reserve your space, please visit the Workshops page!

Signed Grizzly Bear and Salmon, Alaska
Available Now in the Collectors Vault!

Signed Grizzly bear and salmon by Galen RowellThis piece is a 20" x 30" Crystal Archive LightJet print, in excellent condition, of Galen Rowell’s AA#0824, Grizzly bear and salmon, Brooks Falls, Katmai National Park, Alaska (1991). It is presented in a light, honey-colored solid wood frame with 98% UV-blocking museum glass. The mat is acid-free 100% cotton museum board, and is signed and dated by the artist. It is also signed and dated by the artist underneath the mat in the border of the print, and includes a certificate of authenticity. This collectible print is offered at a price of $7,000.

Collectors interested in rare Galen Rowell prints are encouraged to view our online Newsletter and use the signup link to be added to our notification list. Be sure to select the Rare and Collectible Prints option on the signup form.

For more information, on this and other rare and collectible prints, visit the Mountain Light Collector's Vault!

Order Your Galen Rowell Calendars for 2012!

2011 Galen Rowell CalendarsThe Galen Rowell calendars for 2012 are now available in the Mountain Light online store. These 12-sheet wall calendars measure 12" x 12" and are published by Sellers Publishing, Inc.

California the Beautiful 2012 features some of Galen's best images from his home state, from snow-covered mountains in the north to white sand beaches and blistering deserts in the south.

American Landscapes 2012 celebrates the scenic beauty and diverse wildlife of North America's national parks and open spaces through this unique portfolio of Galen's work.

The 2012 calendars are just $13.99 each. Visit the Mountain Light Online Store and reserve yours today!

Featured Artist Exhibit: Carr Clifton's Nine Weeks in the Sacred Headwaters

Reception and Booksigning, January 13th, 5:30-8:30 pm.

Carr Clifton Exhibit at Mountain Light Gallery
Photo © 2017 Carr Clifton

Now through June, Mountain Light Gallery will host a guest exhibit by photographer Carr Clifton chronicling the splendor of the Sacred Headwaters. A public artist's reception and booksigning will be held at the gallery on Friday, Jan. 13, 5:30 pm. to 8:30 pm.

Clifton's exhibit comes from his recent collaboration with Wade Davis, an acclaimed writer, photographer, filmmaker and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence for the book, The Sacred Headwaters: The Fight to Save the Stikine, Skeena and Nass Rivers. The book is a comprehensive portrait of the Sacred Headwaters giving voice to the historical, cultural and ecological significance of this region.

Carr Clifton Exhibit at Mountain Light Gallery
Photo © 2017 Carr Clifton

Clifton served as the book's principal photographer with additional imagery by Claudio Contreras, Paul Colangelo and Joe Rils, members of the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). Trekking hundreds of miles of backcountry trails and roads, and logging ten helicopter flights, Clifton captured some of the most beautiful and endangered lands in North America, covering a vast and mostly roadless area of approximately 150,000 square miles. From aerials of the region's rivers and valleys, to the remote lakes, mountains and glaciers, this collection of remarkable images conveys the importance of protecting this extraordinary place.

The exhibit – aptly titled, Nine Weeks in the Sacred Headwaters – features 32 of Clifton's fine art prints from his best images from the project and is open to public viewing daily, 10 am to 6 pm.

For more information about this exhibit, please visit our Featured Artists Exhibit page. For more information about Carr Clifton, including more samples of his work, please visit his website.

Expedition photographer Gordon Wiltsie comes home for Mountain Light exhibit

Reception and Booksigning, June 17th, 5:30-8 pm.
Special Slideshow presentation at 6:30 pm.

Image (c) Gordon Wiltsie
Naadam Festival Race, Darhad Valley, Mongolia, © 2017 Gordon Wiltsie

Gordon Wiltsie has been to the ends of the Earth and back, capturing his adventures on film and sharing his stories with readers around the globe. Now he is coming home to Bishop for an exhibit of his life's work.

Galen Rowell's Mountain Light Gallery is hosting Wiltsie's exhibit, To the Ends of the Earth, through Sept. 30th. The exhibit is open to the public seven days a week, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. A reception honoring Wiltsie is set for Friday, June 17th, 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., and will include time for a book signing. Wiltsie will also give a slide presentation during the reception at 6:30 p.m.

Image (c) Gordon Wiltsie
Inuit Hunter, Baffin Island, Nunavut, Canada,
© 2017 Gordon Wiltsie

Born and raised in Bishop, Wiltsie was in his late teens when he first met Galen Rowell through a mountaineering acquaintance. "I'd already read about Galen's famous climbs and seen dozens of pictures he had taken for the most popular mountaineering journals," Wiltsie wrote in a National Geographic tribute to Rowell. "I couldn't believe that someone of his fame and wizened old age (he was 29) would even stoop to talk to a kid as lowly as me – a mere high school yearbook shutterbug.

"I was even more astonished in later years as he invited me to climb with him, taught me photography tricks, hired me to change his film, and helped me to get my work published. But that was just who Galen was."

Although Wiltsie's work has been exhibited in many countries, he is especially excited about presenting this show at Mountain Light. Choosing which pictures to present on the walls of Mountain Light Gallery presented a special challenge for Wiltsie, but he hopes the selection will give viewers a glimpse of his photographic passion.

CLICK HERE for more information about exhibits at Mountain Light Gallery. For more information about Gordon Wiltsie, including samples of his work, please visit his website.

Craig Childs 2009 Rowell Award Recipient

Wilderness explorer and writer Craig Childs was recently honored as the recipient of the 2009 Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure.

Childs was presented with the award during the annual Rowell Lecture, held June 9th in San Francisco. As a writer, Childs has published more than a dozen critically acclaimed books on nature, science, and adventure. He is a commentator for National Public Radio's Morning Edition, and his work has appeared in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Men's Journal, Outside and Orion. His subjects range from pre-Columbian archaeology to U.S. border issues to the last free-flowing rivers of Tibet.

The expeditions that Childs goes on often last weeks or months, infusing his writing with a hard-earned sense of landscape and culture. The New York Times says "Childs' feats of asceticism are nothing if not awe inspiring: he's a modern-day desert father." He has been called a "born storyteller" by the New York Sun, and the Los Angeles Times says his writing is "like pure oxygen," and "stings like a slap in the face." He has won several key awards, including the Sigurd Olsen Nature Writing Award and the Spirit of the West Award for his body of work, an honor he shares with Wallace Stegner, Terry Tempest Williams and N. Scott Momaday.

Childs is an Arizona native, and grew up back and forth between there and Colorado. In his teens, Childs began working as a river guide, and since then has held numerous jobs to support his field time, from gas station attendant to journalist to beer bottler. Now making a living as a writer, Childs lives off the grid with his wife and two young sons at the foot of the West Elk Mountains in Colorado.

Each year, the Rowell Award honors an adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the peoples who inhabit these lands and regions. Past recipients include adventurers and photographers James Balog, Beth Wald and Jimmy Chin.

For more information about Craig Childs, please visit: HouseOfRain.com. For more information about the Rowell Award, please visit the Rowell Award website.

David Breashears Headlines Annual Rowell Award Lecture Series

Breashears to Headline 2010 Rowell Award Lecture SeriesNoted mountaineer and renowned filmmaker David Breashears will be the keynote speaker at the 2010 Rowell Lecture, scheduled for Wednesday, June 9th at the Mark Hopkins Hotel, One Nob Hill in San Francisco. A VIP reception begins at 5:30 p.m., and the main program itself will run from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m.

Breashears has summitted Everest five times and was the first American to summit Everest twice. He served as a guide when Dick Bass became the first person to scale the Seven Summits, the highest mountain on each continent. Breashears was the first person to transmit live pictures from Everest's summit; he has received four national Emmy Awards for outstanding cinematography.

Jon Krakauer's bestseller Into Thin Air immortalized Breashears and his team for their efforts during the disastrous events of May 10, 1996 when eight climbers were killed and several others injured during Everest's worst tragedy. Breashears and his crew stopped filming to coordinate the rescue. They regrouped and two weeks later achieved their goal of becoming the first to record IMAX film images from the summit. Breashears, while widely acclaimed for this accomplishment, feels that his greatest success was as a result of making sure his entire team returned safely.

Breashears will pay tribute to his friends Galen and Barbara Rowell and discuss his work in filmmaking, mountaineering and climate change.

Wilderness explorer and writer Craig ChildsThe evening will also feature the presentation of the 2009 Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure to wilderness explorer and writer Craig Childs. Each year, the Rowell Award honors an adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the peoples who inhabit these lands and regions.

The event is sponsored by the Rowell Legacy Committee and its partners, NatureBridge and the Commonwealth Club of California.

To learn more about the event, please visit the NatureBridge web site.

2011 Photographic Workshops Announced!

Mountain Light 2010 Death Valley and Zion Workshops
 with Jack Dykinga
Photo © 2017 David Muench

Mountain Light Gallery is pleased to present its 2011 Photography Workshop schedule featuring five of the best instructors in the business.

Join John Shaw, David Muench, Jack Dykinga, Elizabeth Carmel and Jerry Dodrill as they go on location to some of the most stunning regions in the Western United States including Lake Tahoe, the Oregon Coast, the Eastern Sierra Nevada, Bryce National Park and the California Coast Redwoods. Each workshop is limited in size to ensure that everyone receives the time and attention needed.

Our workshops have been honored with recognition by both Sunset and American Photo magazines – Sunset having selected our workshop program as one of its top-ten smart vacation picks, while American Photo gave our workshops top billing among a handful of America’s best photo workshop operators.

The 2011 workshops include:

Jerry Dodrill: Spring in the Eastern Sierra
April 29 – May 1, 2011

David Muench: Spring in the Eastern Sierra
May 5 – 8, 2011

Mountain Light 2010 Eastern Sierra Workshop with David Muench
Photo © 2017 Jerry Dodrill

John Shaw:
Oregon Coast at Bandon

May 23 – 26, 2011

Jack Dykinga: Redwoods
in Crescent City

May 30 – June 2, 2011

Elizabeth Carmel: Lake Tahoe
June 20 – 23, 2011

David Muench: Eastern Sierra Fall Colors
Oct 6 – 9, 2011

Jack Dykinga: Bryce National Park, Utah
Oct 24 – 28, 2011

Mountain Light 2010 Eastern Sierra Workshop with John Shaw
Photo © 2017 Elizabeth Carmel
A 10 percent registration discount will be granted to returning participants who have taken any past workshop operated by Mountain Light, as well as to new participants who simultaneously enroll in two or more workshops for 2010. The registration discount is also available to full-time students, full-time art or photography instructors and members of the North American Nature Photographers' Association. Please note that these discounts are not cumulative and that the maximum available discount on any workshop is 10 percent.

Each workshop is limited in size to ensure that everyone receives the time and attention needed. We expect these to fill up quickly, please contact us promptly to reserve your space.

For a complete schedule or to reserve your space, please visit the Workshops page!

Order Your Galen Rowell Calendars for 2011!

2011 Galen Rowell CalendarsThe Galen Rowell calendars for 2011 are now available in the Mountain Light online store. These 12-sheet wall calendars measure 12" x 12" and are published by Sellers Publishing, Inc.

California the Beautiful 2011 features some of Galen's best images from his home state, from snow-covered mountains in the north to white sand beaches and blistering deserts in the south.

American Landscapes 2011 celebrates the scenic beauty and diverse wildlife of North America's national parks and open spaces through this unique portfolio of Galen's work.

The 2011 calendars are just $13.99 each. Visit the Mountain Light Online Store and reserve yours today!

Pioneer Photography of Philip Hyde:
Featured Artist Exhibit, May 8 – August 31

Public Reception scheduled for Saturday, May 8, 2010!

Virginia Creeper by Philip HydeIt's history in the making: The work of two of California's most prominent outdoor photographers and wilderness advocates will be exhibited in the same building for the first time ever. The landscape photography of the late Philip Hyde will be on display at Galen Rowell's renowned Mountain Light Gallery from May 8th through August 31st, 2010.

The exhibition will include more than 40 archival pigment prints and several original vintage Philip Hyde Cibachrome, Dye Transfer and black and white silver prints. New prints will be on exhibition of Philip Hyde's unpublished work that the public has never seen before in any form.

Denali Pond by Philip HydePhilip Hyde's son, David Leland Hyde will speak about his father's life and work at an artist's reception Saturday, May 8th, 6-9 p.m.

Both Philip Hyde and Galen Rowell were contributors to the groundbreaking Sierra Club Exhibit Format Series and both were regularly featured in the Sierra Club Bulletin, Sierra Magazine, Outdoor Photographer and other publications. Hyde and Rowell are the only two honorary members of the International League of Conservation Photographers.

READ THE FULL STORY and find out more about Mountain Light Exhibits on the Featured Artists page.

All Artisan Jewelry on Sale Now
through February 14, 2011

All in-stock artisan jewelry at Mountain Light Gallery is on sale now through Valentine's Day! Save 10% on our large collection of very fine, one-of-a-kind pieces by local artisans Daryl Aukee, Danielle Dublino, Leah Dutcher, Robin Stater and Mia Volkommer.

The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Come in and browse for the piece that speaks to you - the perfect "I love you" for your special day.

2010 Photographic Workshops Announced!

Mountain Light 2010 Death Valley and Zion Workshops
 with Jack Dykinga
Photo © 2017 Jack Dykinga

Mountain Light Gallery is pleased to offer a full lineup of workshops for 2010 with the best instructors in the business! Our workshops have been honored with recognition by both Sunset and American Photo magazines – Sunset having selected our workshop program as one of its top-ten smart vacation picks, while American Photo gave our workshops top billing among a handful of America’s best photo workshop operators.

In Spring 2010, Mountain Light will host a 3-Day Workshop with John Shaw, taught out of our Bishop gallery at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Also in Spring 2010, Mountain Light will host a 4-Day Workshop with Jack Dykinga in Death Valley.

Mountain Light 2010 Eastern Sierra Workshop with Brenda Tharp
Photo © 2017 Brenda Tharp

In Fall 2010, Mountain Light will host two 3-Day Workshops, one with David Muench and one with Brenda Tharp, taught out of our Bishop gallery at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Also in Fall 2010, Mountain Light will host a 4-Day Workshop with Jack Dykinga at Zion National Park.

Jack Dykinga: 4 Days in Death Valley
March 15 – 18, 2010

John Shaw: Spring in the Eastern Sierra
April 29 – May 2, 2010

Mountain Light 2010 Eastern Sierra Workshop with David Muench
Photo © 2017 David Muench

David Muench:
Eastern Sierra Fall Colors

October 7 – 10, 2010

Brenda Tharp:
Eastern Sierra Fall Colors

October 14 – 17, 2010

Jack Dykinga:
4 Days in Zion National Park

November 1 – 4, 2010

Mountain Light 2010 Eastern Sierra Workshop with John Shaw
Photo © 2017 John Shaw
A 10 percent registration discount will be granted to returning participants who have taken any past workshop operated by Mountain Light, as well as to new participants who simultaneously enroll in two or more workshops for 2010. The registration discount is also available to full-time students, full-time art or photography instructors and members of the North American Nature Photographers’ Association. Note: discounts are not cumulative, the maximum total discount on any workshop is 10 percent.

Each workshop is limited to 15 participants to insure that everyone receives the time and attention needed. We expect these to fill up quickly, please contact us promptly to reserve your space.

For more information, please visit the Workshops page!

Galen Rowell 2010 Calendar Available Now

American Landscapes 2010 Calendar by Galen RowellThe Galen Rowell calendar for 2010 is in stock and shipping now. This 12-sheet wall calendar measures 12" x 12" and is published by Sellers Publishing, Inc.

American Landscapes 2010 celebrates the scenic beauty and diverse wildlife of North America’s national parks and open spaces through this unique portfolio of Galen’s work.

For more information, please visit our Books & More section!

Collector’s Vault Section to Showcase Rare, Collectible and Signed Galen Rowell Prints!

Rare, signed and collectible prints by Galen RowellDue to recent strong demand for rare and collectible Galen Rowell fine prints, Mountain Light Gallery is pleased to present the Collector’s Vault.

This new section of our web site is dedicated to showcasing all rare and collectible fine prints currently available through Mountain Light Gallery. Collectors can view all current offerings, bookmark the page or notify friends and family through the Share links at the bottom of each entry, and reserve a rare print in their name with the links provided.

For more information, visit the Collector’s Vault now!

Rare, Signed ‘Rainbow’ Print Sells Quickly

Rainbow over the Potala Palace by Galen RowellMountain Light recently released a rare 16" x 20" dye transfer print of Galen Rowell’s Rainbow over the Potala Palace, signed and dated by the artist, at a price of $25,000. The scarce print sold quickly, reflecting the strong demand for Rowell fine prints among collectors. Collectors or institutions interested in Rowell signed prints may contact us via email or at 760-873-7700 to be placed on our special mailing list for information regarding any future releases from Mountain Light’s limited inventory of rare prints or prints placed on consignment.

iLCP Honors Galen Rowell as Honorary Fellow

International League of Conservation PhotographersGalen Rowell has been posthumously selected for Honorary Fellow status by the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP). This honor is bestowed upon photographers who are either retired or deceased and have used their photographic talent to raise awareness and understanding of the natural world and the need for conservation.

The mission of iLCP is to use compelling images to translate conservation science to specific audiences. Working with conservation groups, policy makers, government leaders and scientists, they produce documentary images of not only the beauty of the natural world but the challenges that threaten it.

For more information on the mission and goals of iLCP, visit iLCP online.

New Stock Images at Mountain Light Pictures

Mountain Light Pictures is pleased to announce the addition of Justin Black and Tony Rowell to the stock agency’s expanding line-up.

Moonset at sunrise on Picture Peak by Justin Black
Moonset at sunrise on Picture Peak
Photo © 2017 Justin Black
Justin Black specializes in evocative landscapes, from the expansive to the intimate, mostly made with large format film. A long-time Galen Rowell admirer, Black says his friendship with Galen and Barbara Rowell continues to influence and inspire his work in new directions.

“My work tends to prioritize the aesthetics of motion, form, quality of light, and atmosphere, making use of detailed texture to develop a sense of the tactile qualities of nature,” Justin says.

Recently named the new Director and Chief of Staff for the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP), Justin will be soon based in his hometown of Washington, D.C. While he’ll be busy with new challenges, he fully intends to keep his camera equipment at his side and capture the scenes that stir his passion.

Bristlecone Pine and Milky Way by Tony Rowell
Bristlecone Pine and Milky Way
Photo © 2017 Tony Rowell
Tony Rowell, the youngest of Galen’s two children, found himself immersed in his father’s photography from a young age. Tony began photographing landscapes and wildlife as he joined his father on various adventures into wilderness areas.

Favoring digital SLR cameras, Tony has developed a passion for astrophotography in recent years. “Astronomy is something I’ve always been interested in,” Tony explains. “I just find this one more way to show the beauty we have in this world.”

Mountain Light Pictures is the home of the Galen Rowell Image Collection: stunning photographs from around the world produced by one of the most influential photographers of all time. MLP also represents a growing list of some of the finest working outdoor and nature photographers.

MLP’s goal is to build the finest commercial library of travel, outdoor adventure, landscape, lifestyle, and environmental photographs in the world. MLP chooses to work with people who share Galen’s dedication to producing stunning, vibrant pictures of all things rooted in the natural world. Featured photographers include Robert Holmes, Chris Noble, Linde Waidhofer, Harrison Shull, Dennis Coello, Justin Black, Tony Rowell and Chris Linder.

Coming soon to Mountain Light Pictures: the works of aerial photographer Christopher Boyer and adventure photographer Jerry Dodrill, plus new conservation and travel images by Chris Linder.

Visit www.MLStock.com for more information.

Highly Recommended: Three Cups of Tea

One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace… One School at a Time

Three Cups of Tea by Greg MortensonIf you haven't read Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson yet, we’d like to highly recommend it. Already a New York Times #1 bestseller, it is the story of the journey that led Mortenson from a failed 1993 attempt to climb Pakistan’s K2, the world’s second highest mountain, to successfully establishing schools in some of the most remote regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

Mortenson descended from his failed 1993 climb exhausted and disoriented and wandered away from his group into one of the most desolate areas of northern Pakistan. Alone, without food, water, or shelter he stumbled into an impoverished Pakistani village where he was nursed back to health.

While recovering he observed the village’s 84 children sitting outdoors, scratching their lessons in the dirt with sticks. The village was so poor that it could not afford the $1-a-day salary to hire a teacher. When he left the village, he promised that he would return to build them a school. From that rash, heartfelt promise grew one of the most incredible humanitarian campaigns of our time.

Mortenson co-founded the Central Asia Institute “to promote and support community-based education, especially to girls, in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.” He has since established 78 schools. In pursuit of his goal, he has survived an armed kidnapping, fatwas issued by enraged mullahs, repeated death threats, and wrenching separations from his wife and children.

Mortenson mentions Galen Rowell several times in Three Cups of Tea, as both an inspiration for his mountaineering and K2 attempt, as well as being an early supporter of his Central Asia Institute.

Three Cups of Tea is now published in three editions: the original bestseller release, a young adult version and a children’s version. Purchases through the Amazon.com or IndieBound.org links on Mortenson’s website (and any additional purchases) generate up to 7% of proceeds to benefit Central Asia Institute.

Visit ThreeCupsOfTea.com for more information or to order the book.

New local artisans featured at
Mountain Light Gallery!

            • Ceramics by Michael Cooke
            • Wooden vessels by Ron Overholz
            • Hand-turned segmented bowls by David Miller
            • Artisan jewelry by Daryl Aukee, Danielle Dublino,
              Mia Vollkommer and Leah Dutcher
            • Fine hand-crafted furniture by Steven White

Limited Number of Scarce Prints Released

Machapuchare at dawn by Galen RowellMountain Light is pleased to announce the release of scarce prints by Galen Rowell that have been unavailable since his 2002 death.

Effective immediately, nine prints (in all sizes) of his famous photograph Machapuchare at dawn, Nepal Himalaya, Nepal (AA0010) and five 16 x 20 prints of Valley of the Ten Peaks, Banff, Canadian Rockies, Canada (AA0007) are available for sale. Both are available only as unsigned LightJet prints on Crystal Archive paper.

Valley of the Ten Peaks by Galen RowellMachapuchare is available in any of the following sizes:

16 x 20: $3,300 (print only)
20 x 30: $4,300 (print only)
32 x 48: $8,000 (print only)

Valley of the Ten Peaks is once again available in the 16 x 20 size at $2,800 (print only). It continues to be available in the 11 x 14, 20 x 30, and 32 x 48 sizes.

For more information or order these prints, please call the gallery at (760) 873-7700 or email us at Gallery@MountainLight.com.

Mountain Light Spotlights its Workshop Photographers with Juried Exhibit

Puffin IV by Joe Decker Sand Dunes by Larry Brenden A walk on the Beach at Sunset by Earl Robicheaux
     
Bare Trees on Taylor Creek by Stephen Naor

If variety is the spice of life, the current guest artist exhibit at Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop should please all visual palates.

This exhibit, now on display through April 30th, features the work of 21 photographers from across North America. Each shares not only a passion for photography, but also an alumni status from Mountain Light’s photography workshop series.

Alpine Lake Dreams by Dan Baumbach

Opening by Debbie Delatour

Mountain Light founder, Galen Rowell established a lasting legacy of inspirational and highly effective photographic education, having shared his passion, techniques, and vision with numerous students over the years. Following Rowell’s death in 2002, Mountain Light carried on Rowell’s vision with a workshop program featuring world-renowned photographers including John Shaw, David Muench, Jack Dykinga, Brenda Tharp, Frans Lanting, Nevada Wier, and Pat O’Hara among others.

The exhibit’s images include a variety of visions, everything from wildlife to macro, impressionistic to classic dynamic landscapes.

Fog and Blueberries by Eric Black

Remnant by Dan Holmes

An artist’s reception is set for Saturday, Jan. 16th, 6-9 p.m. at the gallery. Many of the artists will be on hand to meet visitors. Light refreshments will be served.

The photographers were selected for this exhibit through a juried competition. Last October, 681 images from 44 entrants were presented to Mountain Light’s jury panel, which included photographers Tom Mallonee and Jim Stimson, and Jolene Hanson, curator for The G2 Gallery in Venice, Calif. Each panelist brought a specific expertise to the judging – Stimson focused on composition and exposure, Mallonee on composition and the production process, and Hanson on the overall presentation and public appeal of each image.

Due to the inherent nature of jurying by panel, and because of space limitation with any exhibition, many fine images could not be included. After two days of review and critique, the panel chose 41 images from the following photographers for exhibit:

John Anderson, Dan Baumbach, Mike Berry, Eric Black, Larry Brenden, Joe Decker, Debbie Delatour, Karen L. Fisher, Mark Gunion, Dan Holmes, Matt Long, Helen Moss, Stephen Naor, Jesús A. Parra, Kevin Ranck, Michael R. Reynolds, R. Preston Reynolds, Earl Robicheaux, Norah Rudin, Tom Stahl and Phil Wright.

Hours for the Workshop Participants exhibit are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, seven days a week. Mountain Light Gallery is home to the adventure photography of the late Galen Rowell. An exhibit of Rowell’s work is on display at the gallery year-round.

For more information, please visit the Featured Artists page.

Fall / Winter 2009 Featured Artist Exhibit:
Jack Dykinga’s “Wet and Dry”

Reception and Book Signing scheduled for October 16

Photo (c) Jack Dykinga
Photo © 2017 Jack Dykinga

Mountain Light is pleased to present the large format landscapes of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jack Dykinga, October 5 through December 31, 2009 at our gallery in Bishop, California. A reception and book signing – open to the public – will be held on Friday, October 16, from 6 to 9 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

For more information about this exhibit and its theme or about Jack Dykinga, please visit the Featured Artists page.

iLCP to Convene Wild Speak, a Conservation Communications Symposium at Wild9

Wild9, Meridia, Yucatan, Mexico, November 6-13, 2009iLCP – the International League of Conservation Photographers – is celebrating it's fourth anniversary by convening a conservation communications symposium during the 9th World Wilderness Congress November 6-13, 2009 at Meridia, Mexico.

The Wild Speak symposium will be a follow up to the conservation photography symposium offered by iLCP in Anchorage, Alaska, but will expand on the idea with discussions and panels on journalism, effective communication of scientific ideas and more.

Registration for Wild9 is now open and there will be many other valuable events and presentations in addition to the Wild Speak symposium, designed to address some of our planet’s most serious conservation challenges. Come join the world’s leading conservation thinkers and doers – scientists, photographers, journalists and academics – for five days of discussions, insight and inspiration.

For more information or to register for Wild9, visit www.Wild9.org. For more information about the International League of Conservation Photographers, please visit www.iLCP.com.

Highly Recommended BBC Documentary:
The Genius of Photography

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Mountain Light would like to invite you to enjoy this excellent documentary on the history of photography.

Explore the genius of some of the most famous images ever captured in photography's 170-year history and find out more about the photographers that took them and what makes these images so very special.

Please note: this video is no longer available on YouTube.

Juried Workshop Participants Show

Reception scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 6–9 pm

Pantano de Yesa, Huesca by Fernando Puche
From left to right: Jim Stimson,
Tom Mallonee and Jolene Hanson.
Photo © 2017 Kevin Calder

Mountain Light is pleased to announce the photographers whose work was selected for its upcoming Juried Workshop Participants Show.

The exhibit will be displayed Jan. 5th through March 31st, 2010 at Mountain Light Gallery. An artist’s reception is set for Saturday, Jan. 16th, 6-9 p.m. All entrants are invited to attend the reception, which is open to the public.

681 images from 44 entrants were presented to our esteemed jury panel, which included photographers Tom Mallonee and Jim Stimson, and Jolene Hanson, curator for The G2 Gallery in Venice, Calif. Each panelist brought a specific expertise to the judging – Jim focused on composition and exposure, Tom on composition and the production process and Jolene on the overall presentation and public appeal of each image.

Due to the inherent nature of jurying by panel, and because of space limitation with any exhibition, many fine images could not be included. After two days of review and critique, the panel chose 41 images from the following photographers for display:

John Anderson, Dan Baumbach, Mike Berry, Eric Black, Larry Brenden, Joe Decker, Debbie Delatour, Karen L. Fisher, Mark Gunion, Dan Holmes, Matt Long, Helen Moss, Stephen Naor, Jesús A. Parra, Kevin Ranck, Michael R. Reynolds, R. Preston Reynolds, Earl Robicheaux, Norah Rudin, Tom Stahl and Phil Wright.

These 21 photographers will be sent a letter outlining production specifications in the next few days. All portfolios submitted for review will also be returned in the next two weeks.

To be eligible for panel review, entrants had to have taken a Mountain Light-operated photography workshop between January 1998 and September 2009. At the discretion of the selected photographers, the works chosen for exhibition may be available for sale during the exhibit.

Mountain Light sincerely thanks all those who participated in this effort and looks forward to presenting the completed exhibit.

Call for Entries: Juried Exhibition for Mountain Light Workshop Participants

Juried Exhibit

Mountain Light is pleased to invite our workshop participants to submit their best work to be considered for inclusion in this first of its kind exhibit at Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, California.

This exhibit is open to anyone who has taken a Mountain Light-operated photography workshop in 1998 or later, or who is enrolled in a 2009 Mountain Light workshop by no later than September 30, 2009.

Summer 2009 Guest Exhibit: Fernando Puche

Pantano de Yesa, Huesca by Fernando Puche
Pantano de Yesa, Huesca
Photo © 2017 Fernando Puche

Mountain Light is pleased to present Spanish nature photographer Fernando Puche’s North American debut at a guest exhibit this summer at the gallery in Bishop.

The Puche exhibit went on display July 1 and ran through September 30, 2009. An artist’s reception, open to the public, was held Friday, July 3, 6-9 p.m. at the gallery.

Fernando Puche is a veteran nature photographer who has spent the last few years analyzing the role of nature photography in the world of art and in society as a whole. He has published portfolios in a variety of photography magazines and, since 2000, his work has been exhibited regularly throughout Spain. In addition, he gives talks and lectures on his speciality. His images and articles have appeared in the well known magazines Black & White, Focus, Camera Natura, Contrastes, Iris, Arte y Naturaleza, FV and La Fotografía Actual. He has won numerous awards and special mentions, both in Spain and abroad. In 2007 he published his third book titled An Imaginary Journey.

For more information, on Mountain Light Guest Exhibits, please visit the Featured Artists page.

Workshops for 2009 Filling Quickly!

Photo (c) Galen Rowell

Mountain Light Workshops have been honored with recognition by both Sunset and American Photo magazines. Sunset selected our workshop program as one of its top-ten smart vacation picks, while American Photo gave Mountain Light Workshops top billing among a handful of America’s best photo workshop operators.

With the exception of international workshops and certain special sessions, a 10 percent registration discount will be granted to returning participants who have taken any past workshop operated by Mountain Light. New participants who simultaneously enroll in two workshops are also eligible for a 10 percent discount off both sessions. A 10 percent discount is also available to full-time students, full-time art or photography instructors and members of the North American Nature Photographers’ Association. Please note these discounts are not cumulative and that the maximum available discount on any workshop is 10 percent.

Photo (c) John Shaw

Each workshop is limited to 12 or 15 participants to insure that everyone receives the time and attention needed. We expect these to fill up quickly, please contact us promptly to reserve your space.

For more information about Mountain Light Photographic Workshops, please visit the Workshops Section of this website.

 

 

New Rowell Fine Prints Released

Porters at Concordia by Galen Rowell

Two never before printed photographs from the Galen Rowell image archive have been made available as fine prints. The first is AA#1246, Porters at Concordia, beneath K2 (28,251ft.), Karakoram Himalaya, Pakistan, 1989, which you can view and order now from our Pakistan Online Gallery.

Mt. Whitney in winter by Galen Rowell

AA#1247, Alpenglow on the east face of Mt. Whitney in winter, Eastern Sierra, California, 1995, can be viewed and ordered now from our Eastern Sierra Online Gallery.

Visit the Latest Additions Gallery for all our most recent releases!

Newly Mastered Galen Rowell Print Available

AA1245, Arctic Fox near Churchill, Manitoba (Canada, 1993)

Arctic Fox by Galen Rowell

While conducting research for specific projects, Mountain Light staff regularly search through Galen’s archive of over two hundred thousand images. Occasionally we come across an original 35mm transparency that we feel is exceptional, and suitable to be added to our fine art print collection. This photo of an arctic fox taken while Galen was stalking polar bears in Canada is one such image.

This original slide was recently drum scanned and then digitally mastered by Mountain Light General Manager Justin Black, and is currently on display in our Gallery and available for purchase through our web site.

Watch this space for announcements of new, previously unreleased Galen Rowell images!

Vern Clevenger Exhibit at the Bishop Gallery

Reception scheduled for May 9, 2009, open to the public

Cathedral Rocks and Snow by Vern Clevenger
Cathedral Rocks and Snow
Photo © yr 2017 Vern Clevenger

Sierra photographer Vern Clevenger is unveiling new photographs during a guest exhibit at Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop.

Featuring a mix of classic and new images, the Clevenger exhibit will run through June 30. An artist’s reception, open to the public, will be held Saturday, May 9, 6-9 p.m. at the gallery.

Clevenger has called the Sierra Nevada his home for more than 30 years. Combining his love for the region’s natural beauty and his passion for mountaineering, photography became a natural extension of Clevenger’s lifestyle. He rapidly established an intimacy with his subjects much like his long-time friend, colleague and mentor, the late Galen Rowell. Today Clevenger’s work captures the unparalleled richness found within the region’s natural theater of color and light. Clevenger parlays his unique creative vision into images that are startlingly fresh.

For more information, visit the Featured Artists page.

Galen Rowell Exhibit at G2 Gallery in L.A.

Rowell Exhibit at the G2 Gallery in L.A.

Through May 17, 2009, the G2 Gallery in Los Angeles is featuring an exhibit entitled Galen Rowell: A Retrospective. This exhibit spans Galen’s entire career from his first appearance in National Geographic in 1974 through his last expedition, a 275-mile trek across Tibet’s Chang Tang in search of the migration route of the endangered chiru (Tibetan antelope). A reception will be held on Friday, May 1, from 6 to 9 pm.

On May 15 at 7 pm, the G2 Gallery Lecture Series will present celebrated climbing icon Conrad Anker, who will speak about the 2002 Chang Tang expedition he participated in with Galen Rowell and Rick Ridgeway. Widely considered to be among the world’s most inhospitable environments, the trio trekked the barren and remote 275-mile route pulling all of their gear on custom-made aluminum rickshaws. Their discovery of the breeding grounds of the endangered chiru resulted in the Chinese government’s creation of a nature preserve to safeguard this rare antelope’s habitat.

The G2 Gallery is committed to promoting the appreciation and conservation of our natural environment through photography and other art forms. G2 presents an illuminating range of exhibits that showcase nature and wildlife photography by artists who inform, inspire and generate greater awareness of the environmental issues we face. The G2 is an Eco-Conscience Gallery, and donates all art proceeds to a variety of environmental charities.

The G2 Gallery is located at 1503 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291, phone (310) 452-2842.

Visit the G2 Gallery website for more information!

2008/09 Winter Exhibit – Glen Denny:
Yosemite in the Sixties

Lower Yosemite Fall by Glen Denny
Lower Yosemite Fall
Photo © yr 2017 Glen Denny

Glen Denny’s exhibit of fine art prints, Yosemite in the Sixties, will be featured in Mountain Light’s guest artist gallery November 1st, 2008 through January 31st, 2009. The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception to be held at the gallery on Friday, November 7, from 6 to 9 pm. A slide show will be featured at the reception, and Mr. Denny will be available to sign copies of his books.

Yosemite in the Sixties is a visual chronicle of climbing the vast granite expanses and of climbers creating the audacious big wall routes that defined Yosemite’s Golden Age. It is also an insider’s view of campground life, revealing the personalities and parties, the preparations for major ascents, the loves and dreams of the denizens of Camp 4.

Glen Denny

GLEN DENNY was born in Modesto, California, in 1939 and grew up in the nearby town of Livingston, where his father was a high school teacher. His first outdoor experiences came through fly-fishing trips into the Sierra with his father. When Glen moved to Yosemite in 1958 to learn to climb, the first ascent of El Capitan was under way. Inspired by this historic event, he was soon climbing the most challenging routes in Yosemite Valley, including some of the early ascents of El Capitan. His climbing films have won awards at several film festivals; his photography has appeared in a number of publications, culminating in his 2007 book, Yosemite in the Sixties, the source of the photographs shown in this exhibit.

For more information, please visit the Featured Artists page.

Rowell Fund for Tibet awards more than $57,000 to Tibetan projects

Rowell Fund for Tibet awards more than $57,000 to Tibetan projects

An environmental project to protect endangered species, the publication of a science vocabulary book for children and an in-depth investigation of Tibetan maps are among 11 projects chosen by ICT’s Rowell Fund to receive grants in 2008. The Rowell Fund Board will award over $57,000 this year to applicants in 5 countries in memory of explorers and photographers Galen and Barbara Rowell.

For more information, please visit the ICT website.

New Filter Available: the LB Warming Circular Polarizer from Singh-Ray

Mountain Light is excited to announce a new filter: The “lighter, brighter” warming circular polarizer from Singh-Ray! While most circular polarizers absorb two full stops of light, the LB polarizer absorbs only one and a third stops, giving photographers greater creative control to stop action with faster shutter speeds or select greater depth of field with smaller apertures. Greater light transmission also results in a brighter viewfinder image, better autofocus and metering performance in low light, and makes it easier to accurately position graduated neutral density filters when using them in combination with a polarizer.

Mountain Light is stocking the LB warming circular polarizer in the sprocket mount to fit Cokin P series filter holders (the same used with Galen's ND grad filters), and the screw-in version is available via special order in sizes from 52mm to 77mm, with slim-line wide angle versions available in 72mm and 77mm sizes. Visit the Filters page for more information or to order.

UPDATE: Available Signed Galen Rowell
Prints on Consignment

Valley of Ten Peaks, Banff, Canadian Rockies, Canada, 1973

Catalog # AA0007
Edition # 82/300

Rare and highly collectible, this is a 16 x 20 Dye Transfer print in excellent condition, signed and numbered by the artist in the border of the print and on the mat, and provided with a certificate of authenticity.

The print is presented in a custom solid hardwood cherry frame, double-matted with acid-free 100% cotton museum-grade board, and glazed with 97% UV-blocking anti-reflective museum glass.

Price: $12,500 (does not include shipping).

Porters at Concordia, Karakoram Himalaya, Pakistan, 1975

Catalog # AA0088
Edition # 8/300

16 x 20 Crystal Archive Lightjet print in excellent condition, signed and numbered by the artist in the border of the print and on the mat. The original certificate of authenticity is intact on the verso of the mat.

The print is presented in a custom solid hardwood frame with ebony stain, double-matted with acid-free 100% cotton museum-grade board, and glazed with 97% UV-blocking anti-reflective museum glass.

Price: $3,750 (does not include shipping).

For more information, please call Mountain Light at (760) 873-7700 or email gallery * mountainlight . com for more information.

Scarce, signed Galen Rowell prints released
for Rowell Legacy Project fundraising sale

Two scarce, signed fine art prints by the late wilderness photographer Galen Rowell are being released for sale for the first time since his death.

The prints are Rowell’s Valley of the Ten Peaks, Banff, Canadian Rockies, Canada, 1973 and Stormy sunset over Evolution Lake, John Muir Trail, High Sierra, California, 1997. Each Crystal Archive Lightjet print is matted and framed, and features Rowell’s signature on the lower right side of the mat. Each print is being sold for $12,500.

Valley of the Ten Peaks has an image area of 13" x 19.5" on 16" x 20" paper and a matted size of 22" x 28". This is the first time the image has been available in this size, signed or unsigned, since Rowell’s 2002 death.

Stormy sunset over Evolution Lake has an image area of 20" x 30" on 24" x 32" paper and a matted size of 28" x 38". During his lifetime, Rowell signed only 51 prints in this edition of 300, which includes all prints 20" x 30" and larger.

The release of these prints kicks off a series of events leading to the fall 2006 publication of the definitive volume on Galen Rowell’s life and legacy as one of the most important photographers, mountaineers and conservationists of the 20th Century. The collector-quality large format book, published by the Sierra Club Books, will feature more than 200 of Rowell’s most important photographs made over three decades, as well as essays by luminaries in the diverse fields that Rowell touched. Simultaneous exhibits at the Oakland Museum, the San Diego Museum of Natural History, Banff’s Whyte Museum and the Panopticon Gallery in Boston will accompany the book’s release.

All proceeds from the sale of the scarce prints will go to fund the Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure and the annual Rowell Lecture Series at the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. Former NBC Nightly News anchor and managing editor, Tom Brokaw, will be the featured speaker for the Rowell Lecture Series, which will be held on the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 28 in San Francisco. Mr. Brokaw has graciously contributed the foreword to the upcoming Rowell book.

The new owners of these prints, unless they choose to remain anonymous, will be recognized at the event for their contribution to the Rowell Award.

The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure honors adventurers whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the people who inhabit these lands and regions.

The scarce prints are on display now at Mountain Light Gallery.

For information about the release of the scarce prints or purchase inquiries, please call Mountain Light Gallery at (760) 873-7700. For information about the Rowell Award, please visit www.rowellaward.com.

Annie Leibovitz to keynote the
2008 Rowell Lecture in San Francisco

UPDATE: Rescheduled for April 16, 2008.
UPDATE: Location announced, tickets now available.

Noted American portrait photographer Annie Leibovitz will be the keynote speaker at the 2008 Rowell Lecture, scheduled for Wednesday, April 16th at the Hotel Nikko, 222 Mason St. in San Francisco. A VIP reception begins at 6 p.m., program check-in starts at 6:45 p.m., and the main program itself will run from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. Tickets are now available at the Commonwealth Club of California website.

One of the most celebrated photographers of our time, Annie Leibovitz has been making witty, powerful images documenting American popular culture since the early 1970s, when her work began appearing in Rolling Stone. She became the magazine’s chief photographer in 1973, and ten years later began working for Vanity Fair, and then Vogue, creating a legendary body of work. In addition to her magazine work, Leibovitz has created influential advertising campaigns for American Express, Gap, Givenchy, The Sopranos, and the Milk Board.

A retrospective of her work from the years 1970 to 1990 was presented at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. and at the International Center of Photography in New York.

Leibovitz is the recipient of many honors, including the rank of Commandeur in the French government’s Ordre des Arts et des Lettres and the Barnard College Medal of Distinction. She was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress in 2000 and one of the thirty-five Innovators of Our Time by Smithsonian magazine in 2005.

James Balog 2007 Rowell Award Recipient

Author, adventurer and nature photographer James Balog has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure by the Rowell Award Judging Panel. The award will be presented on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at 7:30 p.m. in San Francisco at the Hotel Nikko. Renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz will be the keynote speaker for the evening. The event is sponsored by the Rowell Legacy Committee and its partners, The Yosemite Fund and the Commonwealth Club of California.

For more information, please visit the Rowell Award website.

Tickets are now available at the Commonwealth Club website.

2008 Fall Exhibit: Landscapes, American Roadside Photographs of Tom Mallonee

Photo © yr 2017 Tom Mallonnee

The black and white landscapes and American roadside photographs of Tom Mallonee will be featured in Mountain Light’s guest artist gallery, August 1st through October 31st, 2008. The public is invited to meet the artist at a reception to be held at the gallery on Saturday, August 23, from 7 to 9 pm.

TOM MALLONEE has pursued photographic subjects which stray from the conventional notions of western landscape photography, yet still embrace decisive composition and exquisite printing technique. Tom has completed a 12 year portrait of the bypassed sections of Route 66 entitled Evidence of Passing. In recent years, he has been on the cutting edge of fine art monochromatic inkjet printing and has developed a true six-ink Hextone printing process.  In addition to his personal photographic pursuits, he founded Owens Valley Imaging devoted exclusively to producing black & white ink prints for other artists.

For more information, please visit the Featured Artists page.


Photo © yr 2017 Greg Mortenson, Central Asia Institute

Special Rowell Lecture Event
with Greg Mortenson

Mountain Light is pleased to announce a special Rowell Lecture event, An Evening with Greg Mortenson, a reception and program with the co-founder of the Central Asia Institute and best-selling co-author of Three Cups of Tea as he pays tribute to his friends Galen and Barbara Rowell and discusses his life’s work in promoting education and literacy, especially for girls, in the remote mountain regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The program will also feature the opening of the nomination period for the 2008 Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure. The Award honors that adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the peoples who inhabit these lands and regions. Please visit www.RowellAward.com for more information about the Rowell Award.

Bob Hansen, Rowell Legacy Committee member and President of The Yosemite Fund will emcee this special evening.

This event is presented by The Rowell Legacy Committee, The Yosemite Fund and the Commonwealth Club of California.

Date & Location: September 24, 2008 at the Fairmont Hotel, 950 Mason Street, San Francisco, Calif.

5:30 – 7:15 p.m. VIP Reception with Greg Mortenson. Includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and preferred program seating, $150.

7:30 p.m. Program: Rowell Lecture with Greg Mortenson. $25 Commonwealth Club members, $35 non-members.

TICKETS: Available on July 10, 2008. Reservations can be made through the Commonwealth Club website, and will be confirmed by email. Tickets will be sold at the door only if space is available.

Mountain Light Holiday SALE!

Through December 31, 2008, Mountain Light is offering savings on Galen and Barbara Rowell fine prints, as well as on fine prints by Jim Stimson, Londie G. Padelsky, Vern Clevenger, Tony Rowell and Justin Black:

20% Off Crystal Archive LightJet Photographic Prints:

All available sizes of both Limited and Unlimited Edition prints are included in this offer. Discount also applies to matting and framing. Please note that Special Edition prints and Rowell prints on consignment are not included in this offer.

10% Off Fujix Pictography Photographic Prints:

All available sizes of Unlimited Edition prints are included in this offer. Discount also applies to matting and framing.

Shipping discounts:

· 25% off domestic shipping of Galen or Barbara Rowell fine prints.

· 50% off international shipping of Galen or Barbara Rowell fine prints.

Visit the Online Gallery now!

And, save on many more items with our Holiday Gift Guide!

2008 Calendar: Galen Rowell’s California

The Mountain Light 2008 calendar, Galen Rowell’s California is in stock and shipping now.

This 12-sheet wall calendar features some of Galen’s best images from his home state. The images were hand selected by the Mountain Light staff and include some rarely-seen photographs from the Galen Rowell Collection.

The calendar was designed and produced by June Lee at Morning Dew Productions. For more information and to order yours, click here.

Spring and Fall 2008 Workshops Announced

Photo © 2017 Brenda Tharp

Mountain Light’s 2008 Workshop Schedule was announced recently, and a few of the workshops are already almost sold-out! Act quickly to avoid disappointment.

This year’s program is expanded with more top instructors, and more on-location workshops in four of the West’s premier national parks.

Photo © 2017 Larry Ulrich


The 2008 workshops include:

Larry and Donna Ulrich
April 21-24 “Hidden Yosemite”

Jack Dykinga
April 14-17 • Yosemite (Large Format)
Oct. 20-24 • Boulder Mountain, Utah
Oct. 27-31 • Bryce Canyon–Filling Fast!

John Shaw
May 1-4 • Mountain Light Gallery
Oct. 2-5 • Mountain Light Gallery

David Muench
June 9-13 • Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks–Filling Fast!
June 16-20 • Lake Tahoe–Filling Fast!

Photo © 2017 Justin Black

Justin Black
May 8-11 • Mountain Light Gallery
Sept. 25-28 • Mountain Light Gallery

Brenda Tharp
Oct. 9-12 • Mountain Light Gallery

A 10 percent registration discount will be granted to returning participants who have taken any past workshop operated by Mountain Light. New participants who simultaneously enroll in two workshops are also eligible for a 10 percent discount off both sessions. A 10 percent discount is also available to full-time students, full-time art or photography instructors and members of the North American Nature Photographers’ Association. Please note these discounts are not cumulative and that the maximum available discount on any workshop is 10 percent.

Photo © 2017 David Muench

Each workshop is limited to 15 participants to insure that everyone receives the time and attention needed. We expect these to fill up quickly, please contact us promptly to reserve your space.

If you have any questions or to book your registration online, please visit the Workshops Section of this website.

Mountain Light Shopping Cart Debuts

We have added an e-commerce shopping cart to our website, providing Mountain Light customers with added convenience plus the security of encrypted SSL transactions. Customers will now be presented with an accurate total, including sales tax (if appropriate), and can complete their transactions using their credit card with the peace of mind afforded by using a secure, encrypted server.

The first area of our site to come on line is our Photographic Workshops. Participants may now book a workshop any time of the day or night, conveniently and securely. Book multiple Workshops and review your shopping cart (making changes if necessary) using the convenient “View Cart” link in the Navigation Bar on the left side of every page of the Mountain Light site. Please note that Workshops are booked on a first-come-first-saved basis. In the event that a Workshop is filled prior to your transaction, you will be contacted with options before your card is charged. The same procedure will apply to out-of-stock items from the Gallery, as we add shopping cart capabilities to all other areas of the Mountain Light site.

Look for other areas of the Mountain Light site to come online with our safe and convenient shopping cart soon!

Photographer Beth Wald presented
Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure

SAN FRANCISCO — Outdoor photographer Beth Wald was awarded the 2006 Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure by the Rowell Legacy Committee at a ceremony featuring keynote speaker Tom Brokaw in San Francisco on Tuesday, November 28.

The Rowell Award honors that adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the people who inhabit these lands and regions. The Rowell Award celebrates the accomplishments of famed adventurers and photographers Galen and Barbara Rowell, who died in a plane crash in 2002.

In her photography, Wald combines a thirst for adventure and exploration with a passion for the natural environment and fascination with the world’s diverse cultures. She belongs to that rarified club of photographers who can shuffle lenses, change film and take beautiful pictures in extreme conditions that have most people struggling merely to put one foot in front of the other. “I am drawn to harsh, wild places where life is both fragile and tenuous.” says Wald, “where one’s sense of being alive is heightened by extremes of landscape and weather.”

Her visual exploration of environment and culture has taken her around the globe, from the Arctic to the tip of South America, from Pakistan to Cuba, and from the icy Himalayan peaks to the stifling heat of East Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Wald’s most recent journeys have taken her into remote regions of Afghanistan and Tajikistan to photograph unique mountain tribes and their relation with wildlife and environment, in order to call attention to the dire threats to both ancient culture and fragile ecosystems.

In this and in much of Wald’s work, her passion is to try to make a difference for the people and places that inspire her. She has donated her time to photograph numerous projects for a wide variety of organizations, including Lighthawk, the Sierra Club, the Conservation Land Trust, Conservacion Patagonica, ANAI, Doctors Without Borders, and others, covering a wide variety of environmental and cultural issues from logging, mining and desertification, to indigenous rights, endangered cultures, and industrial versus locally based agriculture. Through articles, books, and the many talks and lectures she gives, her photography has helped draw attention to clear-cutting in the Western US and in Southern Chile, to the disappearing cultures of the Tarahumara Indians of the Sierra Madre of Mexico to the gauchos of Patagonia to the plight of the people and environment of Afghanistan ravaged by decades of war and drought. She is currently in Afghanistan teaching a course on environmental photojournalism to Afghan journalists.

Wald’s work has appeared in numerous publications, including National Geographic, Smithsonian, Outside, National Geographic Adventure, Sports Illustrated, NG Traveler, Travel and Leisure, Life, The New York Times, Men’s Journal and Islands. Her commercial work includes extensive assignments for adventure sportswear companies such as Patagonia, EMS and The North Face. She has collaborated on numerous books, and is currently working on a book project that documents the unique lives of the last of Argentina’s true gauchos.

Wald said she plans to use the $15,000 award to create a new generation of “Galens and Barbaras” in Afghanistan through photojournalism classes.

Todd Skinner, a famed rock climber who died in October in a fall from Yosemite’s Leaning Tower, nominated Wald for the honor. A special tribute was paid to Skinner during the presentation.

Tom Brokaw, the former NBC Nightly News anchor, delivered the keynote speech, “Deleting the Virtual Life” at the standing-room only event. Actor and environmental activist Robert Redford was also in attendance. Both Brokaw and Redford had formed friendships with the Rowells based on their mutual love for adventure and respect for nature.

A scare signed print of Galen Rowell’s classic 1973 photograph, “Valley of the Ten Peaks, Banff, Canadian Rockies,” was made available by Mountain Light Gallery during the VIP reception portion of the evening, and sold for $12,500. The proceeds from the sale will be donated by Mountain Light Gallery to support the Rowell Award.

Grand Teton Climb raises $40,000 for
the Rowell Fund for Tibet

A benefit climb, featuring renowned mountain adventurers David Breashears and Jimmy Chin, recently raised $40,000 for the Rowell Fund for Tibet.

Breashears and Chin donated their time and energy to help lead about a dozen people, including one of the “singing nuns of Drapchi prison,” up Wyoming’s 13,770-foot tall Grand Teton. Snow and ice kept the group from reaching the summit on Aug. 26th, however, the majority of participants, including an 11-year-old boy, reached the Enclosure, a 13,000 summit on the north ridge of the Grand Teton.

The success of this climb, guided by Jackson Hole Mountain Guides, and a similar climb in 2005 has organizers already planning for another climb in 2007. For Breashears, the climbs demonstrate a show of solidarity and resolve among those choosing to donate to the Rowell Fund.

“A mountain is a challenge and requires determination and fortitude, and the situation in Tibet is a metaphor for that,” Breashears said in 2005. “The Chinese are a tremendous force in Tibet. They’re fairly immovable and determined, but a determined group of people can take on a foe like that and make a change if they’re resourceful and resilient.”

And few seem as resilient as Ngawang Sangdrol. A member of the Garu Nunnery, Sangdrol was detained and imprisoned in 1992 for peacefully demonstrating against the Chinese occupation of Tibet. Her prison term spiked from an initial three-years to a combined sentence of 23 years – a result of several sentence extensions including one for singing songs praising the Dalai Lama. After enormous international pressure, she was released into the International Campaign for Tibet’s care in 2003, and now attends Columbia University, learning English and will probably join ICT‘s staff afterwards. She was nominated for “International Woman of the Year” in 2004 and was featured in the July 2nd issue of Parade magazine.

Breashears filmed the IMAX movie, Everest, has successfully climbed to the summit of Everest five times and co-produced Red Flag over Tibet for Frontline, hailed as one of the best documentaries about Tibet. Participants in this adventure were treated to a special advance screening of Breashears’ new feature documentary about the 1996 Everest tragedy, which will be released this fall.

Alongside Galen Rowell, Conrad Anker and Rick Ridgeway, Chin walked across Tibet in search of the birthing grounds of Tibetan antelope, an expedition which was featured in National Geographic. He is a professional adventure photographer, and photographed the Teton trip.

The Rowell Fund for Tibet was established in memory of photographer Galen Rowell and his wife Barbara, who died in a chartered plane crash in 2002. Rowell’s photography documented the struggles of the Tibetan people, and he had close ties with many in the Jackson climbing community, where the benefit climb was based.

The Rowell Fund, administered by the ICT, was established to encourage and support the work of Tibetans in the language and visual arts who can make significant contributions to Tibetan culture and society. Each year the Rowell fund gives small grants to those striving to meet these goals. This year more than 30 people have applied for funding. Winners of the grants will be announced later this year.

For more information or to make a donation or pledge, please click here.

New Galen Rowell retrospective book

Available now from Mountain Light!

On Aug. 23rd, what would have been adventure photographer Galen Rowell’s 66th birthday, Bishop’s Mountain Light Gallery received a special gift: Its first shipment of a new volume published by Sierra Club Books, Galen Rowell: A Retrospective.

This is the definitive survey of the life, career, and legacy of the world’s foremost adventure photographer, who made the Eastern Sierra his home. The 288-page hardcover book is available now at the gallery.

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 charter 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.

Fortunately, his productivity was immense and his photographs meticulously archived, making possible this unique and comprehensive retrospective of his work. Rowell himself had no time for looking back: his creative energies went into books that combine his images and writings on a wide range of subjects including climbing and expeditionary feats; exotic cultures; endangered wildlife and places; celebrations of light, color, and rare natural phenomena; and visionary interpretations of landscape.

Galen Rowell: A Retrospective features 188 of Rowell’s best photographs representing all phases and dimensions of his career. The images were chosen by the editors with whom Rowell worked most closely, by Mountain Light General Manager / Curator / Photographer Justin Black, and by Rowell’s daughter Nicole Rowell Ryan. Production was overseen by Black and Ryan. Photographic reproductions were produced to the highest standards of lithography from digital masters of Rowell’s 35mm transparencies, many of which were newly prepared by Black for the volume.

Complementing and illuminating the photographs are essays and commentaries by Rowell’s family and associates from the worlds of mountaineering, conservation, photography and publishing. They include photographers Sir Frans Lanting and David Muench; mountaineers Doug Robinson, Conrad Anker, Rick Ridgeway and Gordon Wiltsie; preeminent field biologist Dr. George Schaller; climbing historian Steve Roper; president of The Yosemite Fund Bob Hansen; president of the International Campaign for Tibet John Ackerly and Outdoor Photographer magazine publisher Steve D. Werner. Contributions also came from Ryan and Black as well as from Rowell’s son, Tony, and from Dean Stevens, Mountain Light Photography’s Photo Licensing Manager.

Former NBC Nightly News Managing Editor and Anchor Tom Brokaw wrote the book’s foreword. Novelist Robert Roper provided an in-depth biographical introduction and former New York Times photography critic Andy Grundberg contributed a critical appreciation of Rowell’s work.

Coinciding with the book’s official release will be a series of special museum exhibits, spotlighting rarely seen photographs that appear in the retrospective. The first exhibit will be at the San Diego Museum of Natural History, Sept. 16th through Nov. 12th. Ryan will give a presentation on developing the book during the exhibit’s opening day.

A second exhibit is scheduled for November at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Other exhibit dates will be released as they are confirmed.

This special exhibition will be on display at Mountain Light Gallery starting Nov. 1st and running through April 2007. A public reception is being planned for November. Details will be made available at a later date.

For more information about the exhibits or the book, Galen Rowell: A Retrospective, call Mountain Light Gallery, at (760) 873-7700, or visit the Mountain Light Book Store.

Mt. Whitney Climb Raises $38,000 for the Rowell Fund for Tibet

Photo © 2017 Tony Rowell

On June 16, a team of climbers supporting the Rowell Fund for Tibet summitted Mount Whitney (14,496 ft.) via the snow covered and physically challenging Mountaineer’s Route. Five donor / climbers and two climbers sponsored by anonymous donors raised $38,000 for the Rowell Fund, which was established to encourage and support the work of Tibetans in the language and visual arts who can make significant contributions to Tibetan culture and society. The team was accompanied by renowned climbers Conrad Anker and Peter Croft, John Ackerly, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, Justin Black, Mountain Light’s General Manager, and Tony Rowell, Galen’s son. Excellent guiding services were provided by “S.P.” Parker of Sierra Mountain Center.

Photo © 2017 Tony Rowell

Another team, named Team Highpoint by leader John Jancik of Colorado, hiked the grueling main Mt. Whitney Trail to the summit, arriving just as the Mountaineer’s Route team topped out on the North Face. Starting with Mt. Whitney, Team Highpoint is committed to reach the highest point in each of the fifty United States within one calendar year. Their effort, called 50 for Tibet, is also a fundraiser for the Rowell Fund for Tibet, and to date Team Highpoint has received pledges of over $100,000 if they complete their mission, culminating on Alaska’s Denali in May 2007.

For more information or to make a donation or pledge, please click here.

U.S. Postal Service Unveils
Galen Rowell Stamp for 2006

Breathtaking photographs from the nation’s National Park system, including Galen Rowell’s Winter Sunset, Gates of the Valley will appear as part of the U. S. Postal Service’s 2006 definitive stamp program.

In announcing the program, David Failor, Executive Director of Stamp Services, also released images of other 2006 stamp and stationery items. “Customers can share a glimpse of America’s beautiful National Park system when corresponding internationally,” said Failor, referring to photographs of the Great Smoky Mountain, Yosemite Valley and Bryce Canyon depicted on international rate stamps.

Yosemite National Park, California (84-cent int’l. letter rate)

This international rate stamp in the Scenic American Landscapes series features a photograph of the Gates of the Valley in Yosemite National Park, taken by Galen Rowell. Text on the stamp reads, “Yosemite National Park, California.”

Established on October 1, 1890, the park consists of 747,956 acres in the Sierra Nevada. With the impressive Yosemite Valley as its centerpiece, the park includes a breathtaking range of geographical features, such as waterfalls, lakes, glaciers, expansive meadows, groves of giant sequoias and granite monoliths such as El Capitan and Half Dome.

Each year nearly four million people enjoy the spectacular sights of Yosemite. Approximately 800 miles of marked trails can be found in the park. Nearly 95 percent of Yosemite is designated wilderness.

2008 Spring Exhibit: New Work by
Sierra Photographers

Reception Feb. 22, 6-9 pm at Mountain Light Gallery

Photo © 2017 Londie Garcia Padelsky

Through April 30th, Mountain Light Gallery is pleased to present a diverse selection of new fine prints. New landscape prints by Vern Clevenger, Jim Stimson and Justin Black, as well as evocative details and abstracts by William Neill, Londie Garcia Padelsky, and Carr Clifton showcase the distinctive visions of photographers from around the Sierra Nevada.

We invite you to meet the artists at Mountain Light Gallery during a reception on the evening of Friday, February 22nd from 6-9 p.m. The evening will feature live celtic music courtesy of Queen Mab.

Coming soon: the black-and-white cowboy portraits of Jay Dusard, May 1st through July 31st, 2008.

For more information, please visit the Featured Artists page.

Winter 2007 Exhibit: Linde Waidhofer

Photo © 2017 Linde Waidhofer

Nature photographer Linde Waidhofer is the guest artist at Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, now through Dec. 31st.

For Waidhofer, landscape photography is as much passion as profession. She searches for the photographic equivalent of the emotional impact of wild and mysterious landscapes. She finds this equivalent in the secret geometry and design beneath the surface of the natural world, in images of simplicity and abstraction. She loves wild landscapes, natural light and changing weather.

Her latest photographic adventure has been an ongoing exploration of Patagonia, the southernmost end of South America, a landscape of incredible beauty, relatively unvisited and unknown, and almost unphotographed.

Waidhofer’s exhibit is open to the public. Gallery hours are 10-6 Sunday through Thursday and 10-8 Friday and Saturday. Mountain Light is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas days.

For more information about Linde Waidhoffer, please visit her website. For more information about this and other exhibits at Mountain Light Gallery, please visit our Featured Artist Guest Exhibits page.

Rowell Legacy Committee Seeks Nominees
for Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure

San Francisco, CA—The Rowell Legacy Committee is currently accepting nominations for The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure which will honor that adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the people who inhabit these lands and regions. Nominations will be accepted from July 16, 2007 through November 15, 2007 and can be sent via email, fax or regular mail. The $15,000 annual cash award will be presented at the annual Rowell Lecture Series in spring 2008 at an event in San Francisco to an individual selected by a panel of active and influential members of the outdoor adventure world. This event is co-presented by The Yosemite Fund and the Commonwealth Club of California. For more information about the Rowell Award and to obtain a nomination form, please visit www.rowellaward.com.

In August 2002, famed adventurers, writers and photographers of wild places Galen and Barbara Rowell died tragically in a plane crash near their home in Bishop, California. The Rowell Legacy Committee was formed to commemorate the lives and preserve the spirit of the Rowells. Its hope is that Galen and Barbara’s work and the award will inspire in others the love of the human experience in the environment and the desire to protect the wild and special places on our planet. The Committee is excited to present this unique award to an individual who exemplifies the hallmarks of Galen and Barbara—adventure, art and giving back.

The Rowell Legacy Committee Honorary Chairs include: Conrad Anker, Tom Brokaw and Erik Weihenmayer. The Rowell Award Judging Panel includes: Conrad Anker, Richard Blum, Dick Dorworth, Frans Lanting, Doug McConnell, Chris McNamara, Duane Raleigh, Corey Rich, Nicole Rowell Ryan, and Steven Werner.

Summer 2007 Exhibit: David Muench

Photo © 2017 David Muench

Mountain Light is pleased to present the fine art photographs of photographer David Muench, July 1st through September 30th, 2007.

David Muench has traveled across America for more than three decades, continually seeking that perfect mix of light, mood and nature that breathes life into his photographic images. Thirty of those images will be on display at Bishop’s Mountain Light Gallery, now through Sept. 30th, 2007.

Muench is the primary photographer for more than 40 books, and has participated in numerous one-man exhibits. His most recent books include Canticle of the Earth and Colorado. Other David Muench books include Primal Forces and Our National Parks, both of which are available at Mountain Light Gallery.

For more information on this event and other events at Mountain Light, please visit the Featured Artist Exhibits page.

Royal Alberta Museum hosts traveling
Galen Rowell Exhibit

The Royal Alberta Museum will host the traveling Galen Rowell: A Retrospective exhibit Feb. 17 through September 30, 2007.

The images featured in the exhibit are among the 188 photographs that were reproduced as part of the definitive book on the life and work of adventure photographer Galen Rowell. Image selection for the book was overseen by Galen’s daughter, Nicole Rowell Ryan, and by Mountain Light Gallery’s General Manager and curator, Justin Black.

The exhibit at Royal Alberta Museum features many rarely or never-seen before images as well as many classics familiar to long-time Rowell fans.

Royal Alberta Museum, which is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, is located at 12845-102nd Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Admission is as follows. Please note prices and hours subject to change for special presentations. Adult: $10 • Senior (65 years and over): $8 • Student (with valid ID): $7 • Youth (7-17): $5 • Children (6 and under): FREE • Family (2 Adults and children): $28.

Nicole Rowell Ryan on Sierra Club Radio

An interview with Nicole Rowell Ryan regarding her father’s photography and the newly-released book, Galen Rowell: A Retrospective, will air on Sierra Club Radio starting Saturday, Feb. 3rd.

Sierra Club Radio broadcasts every Saturday at 3:30 pm (PST) on the Quake (960 am) in the San Francisco Bay Area, but it is also available for online listening or via podcast.

Mrs. Ryan’s interview will be available on the web site’s home page for the week of Feb. 3-9. beginning at 10 a.m. It will then be available for a limited time through Sierra Club Radio’s archives.

Spring and Fall 2007 Workshops Announced

Photo © 2017 John Shaw

Mountain Light Gallery is pleased to offer an expanded lineup of workshops with the best instructors in the business. Beginning in 2007, all of our sessions include upscale accommodation and all meals, with prorated fees available for those who wish to make their own lodging arrangements.

In Spring 2007, Mountain Light will host 3-Day Workshops with David Muench, Jack Dykinga and Justin Black. These workshops will be taught out of our Bishop gallery at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Mountain Light will also host two workshops in Spring 2007 with David Muench in Death Valley.

In Fall 2007, Mountain Light will host one 3-Day Workshop with Jack Dykinga and two 3-Day Workshops with John Shaw. These workshops will be taught out of our Bishop gallery at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Mountain Light will also host two 3-1/2 Day Workshops in Fall 2007 with Jack Dykinga at Zion National Park.

John Shaw has been long recognized as one of America’s leading nature photographers and a highly regarded workshop instructor. He has been a professional nature photographer since the early 1970s, after teaching several years at the college level. He is the author of six books on field photography and one on Photoshop printing techniques. A partial listing of magazine credits includes: American Photographer, Audubon, National Wildlife, Country Journal, Defenders of Wildlife, Birders World, Equinox, International Wildlife, National Geographic, Natural History, Nikon World, Omni, Outdoor Photographer, Ranger Rick, Popular Photography, Nature's Best, Sierra, and Smithsonian.

Photo © 2017 Jack Dykinga

Jack Dykinga is a Pulitzer Prize winner and one of America’s pre-eminent landscape photographers. His work reflects the merging of a photojournalistic, documentary approach with large-format landscape photography, focusing on environmental issues in the United States and Mexico. His skill in creating images that are at once majestic and factual  has made him a favorite of prestigious publications such as Arizona Highways. His photographs can be seen in a wide variety of publications such as Audubon, Harpers, National Geographic, Natural History, Sierra Club, Sunset, Time, The Wilderness Society, and Wildlife Conservation. His work has also been featured with portfolio spreads in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer, Photo Media, Popular Photography, and View Camera magazines, as well as being featured on NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s Earth Matters and KAET’s Images of Arizona (PBS, Phoenix).

Photo © 2017 David Muench

David Muench is a maverick and an innovator in landscape photography, whose greatest teacher has been nature itself. In turn, he has been the inspiration for many photographers. He has published over 40 exhibit format books and his photographs have been included in many others. Recent museum exhibits include the Santa Barbara Museum of Art in 2001, and exhibits sponsored by Arizona Highways in 2000 at the Phoenix Art Museum, the Center for Creative Photography and the Museum of Northern Arizona, with photographers Ansel Adams and Jack Dykinga. His formal schooling includes the Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York; the University of California at Santa Barbara and the Art Center School of Design, Los Angeles, California. A member of North American Nature Photographers Association and the American Society of Magazine Photographers, Muench lives in Corrales, New Mexico with his wife, writer Ruth Rudner.

Photo © 2017 Elena Black

Justin Black was born in Washington, DC and raised in DC and Virginia. He pursued his undergraduate studies in Fine Art Photography and Art History at George Washington University, where the maturity of his work was recognized through awards in graduate-level juried competition. A promising career as a photographer and licensing specialist led him to Mountain Light Photography, where he managed marketing and licensing of the Rowells’ image collection, assisted Galen, and taught seminars on nature photography. He continues to run the successful gallery, image collection, and workshop program following the Rowells’ tragic passing in the crash of a chartered airplane in August 2002. Their profound influence and inspiration has pushed Justin’s work in new directions, driven by the search for extraordinary qualities in the dynamic landscape.

Each workshop or seminar is limited to 15 participants to insure that everyone receives the time and attention needed. We expect these to fill up quickly, please contact us promptly to reserve your space. For more information on Mountain Light Workshops and Seminars, click here.

To register, call (760) 873-7700, fax us at (760) 873-3233, or email us at gallery*mountainlight.com.

Carr Clifton exhibit comes to Mountain Light

Photo © 2017 Carr Clifton

Carr Clifton, one of California’s large format landscape photographers and award-winning filmmaker, will be the guest artist at Bishop’s Mountain Light Gallery May 1st through July 31st, 2007.

An artist’s reception and book signing for Clifton will be held Saturday, June 2, 7—9 p.m. at the gallery. Copies of Clifton’s books, Wild By Law and California Magnificent Wilderness, will be available for purchase. RSVPs to the gallery for the reception are appreciated, but not necessary.

For more information on this event and other events at Mountain Light, please visit the Featured Artist Exhibits page.

Rowell Fund Awards more than $50,000
to Tibetan projects

Chakmo Tso, one of this year's Rowell Fund grantees, who is translating writings from Chinese to Tibetan.  

December 14th, 2005—Washington, DC: The Rowell Fund Board of Advisors announced today that they have selected 13 projects supporting the work of Tibetan journalists, writers, filmmakers and conservationists to receive funding in 2006. The grants, given to projects in five countries, range from $2,000 to $5,000 each, for a total of more than $50,000 (US). The Rowell Fund Board is aiming to increase grant funds for next year’s award.

“I want to congratulate this year’s grantees. We have wanted this Fund to infuse resources and energy into projects that can really help protect the environment and encourage high-quality journalism in the Tibetan community,” said Nicole Rowell Ryan, Galen Rowell’s daughter and a member of the Fund’s Board of Advisors.

“We are still working to define and re-focus the Fund, and hopefully give out larger grants next year. Galen and Barbara always challenged themselves to do better and to do more, and I hope both the grantees and the Fund’s Board of Advisors do the same,” Nicole continued.

Projects this year include publishing the memoirs of Yulo Dawa Tsering, a prominent prisoner of conscience, publishing a book on journalism, promoting environmental awareness and translating works of the famous Tibetan writer Woeser from Chinese into Tibetan. Of the 13 grantees, 10 are based in Asia, two in the U.S. and one in England. Four are led by women.

This is the Fund’s third year of operation and each year the Fund has been able to give more grant funds. Next year the Fund hopes to grow again, but possibly give fewer grants, at higher amounts, and re-focus its mission.

The Advisory Board received applications from 59 Tibetans and Tibetan organizations, including numerous ones from Tibet, which are handled confidentially by the Fund. The final selection is done by the 10 members of the Board of Advisors who each read and grade every proposal. The Fund is managed and housed at the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT).

The Fund is in memory of Galen and Barbara Rowell who told the story of Tibet though photography, writing and their stock image business, to hundreds of thousands of people. Galen and Barbara died in a plane accident in 2002.

The advisory board, made up of friends and family of Galen and Barbara, consists of John Ackerly, Conrad Anker, Justin Black, David Breashears, Jimmy Chin, Bob and Beth Cushman, John Jancik and Terri Baker, Bob Palais, Tony Rowell and Ray and Nicole Rowell Ryan.

This year, ICT and the Advisors raised the funds through a benefit climb up the 13,770-foot Grand Teton in Wyoming. Another benefit climb will be announced in January, 2006.

Applications for the Fund are accepted only in September of each year. You can find more information about the Fund here.

The 13 successful applicants, amounts granted, and short project descriptions, are:

Gaden Tashi, U.K. $5,000. To publication The Memoirs of Yulo Dawa Tsering. About how a prominent monk endured imprisonment and torture for his country.

Tsering Yangkey, Tesi Environmental Awareness Movement, India. $4,800. To promote ecological consciousness of Tibetan pilgrims through youth empowerment and leadership training at the Kalachakra. (This is a repeat grant.)

Chakmo Tso, US-India. $2,365. Funds to translate and publish Woeser’s works in Tibetan. Woeser’s controversial writings in Chinese are widely read in China, but not sufficiently available to Tibetans.

Lobsang Sherab, Amnye Machin Institute, India. $4,650. To publish a book on the history of Chamdo, Kham.

Tashi Wangchuk & Tsultrim Dorjee, Tibet Motion Pictures, India. $4,800. Partial funding for the production of Two Exile Brothers.

Lungrik Gyal, India. $3,674. Handbook of Journalism that will be a key stylistic manual for aspiring Tibetan journalists.

Pema Tsewang Shastri, U.S. $2,000. For the publication of book in Tibetan language entitled, I am Tibet.

Sangay Tashi, The Tibetan Children’s Education Center, India. $4,971. A newly founded educational organization that publishes Tibetan language newsletter, The Tibetan Children’s Treasure.

Tenzin Yangkye, Nepal. $2,600. A project to assist health and welfare of new Tibetan arrivals by providing TB vaccine and other services.

Kapthu Gyal, Tibetan Writers Abroad P.E.N Centre. India. $2,384. To publish the newsletter Chistok Melong, a Tibetan language monthly publication, run mainly by Tibetan recent arrivals.

Rapsel Tsariwa, Tibetan Volunteers for Animals, India, $2,600. To show documentary films, a photo exhibit and literature about animal welfare at the Kalachakra.

Confidential, Tibet. $5,000.

Confidential, US-Tibet. $5,000.

Rowell Fund For Tibet Begins
Third Year Of Grant Giving

From September 1 to September 30, 2005, the Rowell Fund for Tibet will be accepting applications for funding from Tibetans who can make significant contributions to society. The Fund seeks to support environmental, cultural, and women’s projects as well as journalism, photography, film making, oral histories, and other communication arts.

During its first year, the Rowell Fund granted $37,240 to twelve projects, and $49,476 in its second year to eleven projects.

Galen Rowell was the Co-chair of ICT’s Board of Advisors and a longtime friend of Tibet. Together, Galen and Barbara Cushman Rowell produced the book, My Tibet, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and introduced Tibet to countless people around the world. Through photographs and writing, they documented and brought attention to Tibet’s threatened ecosystem and culture. Following the deaths of Galen and Barbara Rowell in August 2002, ICT’s Board of Directors and close friends and family of the Rowells established a fund to carry on their legacy in the Tibetan community.

Funds are raised each year specifically for this fund by ICT in conjunction with the Rowell Fund Board of Advisors. This year, four of the advisors, David Breashears, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and John Ackerly are leading a benefit climb of the Grand Teton (13,770 ft.) in Wyoming with a group of eleven people. The climb will raise $60,000 for the fund. Other advisors are Justin Black, Bob and Beth Cushman, John Jancik and Terri Baker, Bob Palais, Tony Rowell, and Ray and Nicole Rowell Ryan.

Applications should include a cover letter, 3-5 page description of the project, a budget, and two references. Maximum Rowell Fund grants are $5,000. Final grant selection is carried out by the Board of Advisors in November, and grant funds are distributed in December.

For more details on the Fund and how to apply, click here.

International Campaign For Tibet
1825 Jefferson Place, NW • Washington, DC 20036
202-785-1515 • Fax: 202-785-4343 • info*savetibet.org

Spring and Fall 2006 Workshops Announced

Mountain Light Gallery is pleased to host two 3-Day Workshops in Spring 2006 with John Shaw, and one 3-Day Workshop in Spring 2006 and one in Fall 2006 with Jack Dykinga. These workshops will be taught out of our Bishop gallery at the foot of the Sierra Nevada. Mountain Light will also host two workshops in Spring 2006 with David Muench in Death Valley.

Each workshop or seminar is limited to 15 participants to insure that everyone receives the time and attention needed. We expect these to fill up quickly, please contact us promptly to reserve your space. For more information on Mountain Light Workshops and Seminars, click here.

To register, call (760) 873-7700, fax us at (760) 873-3233, or email us at gallery*mountainlight.com.

Jimmy K. Chin Awarded The Inaugural
Rowell Award For The Art Of Adventure

Chin Recognized For Adventure, Art and “Giving Back”

San Francisco, CA – May 6, 2005 – Outdoor photographer Jimmy Chin was awarded the inaugural Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure by the Rowell Legacy Committee at a ceremony in San Francisco on Wednesday, May 4. The Rowell Award honors that adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the people who inhabit these lands and regions. The Rowell Award celebrates the accomplishments of famed adventurers and photographers Galen and Barbara Rowell, who died in a plane crash in 2002. In Jimmy Chin’s absence (he is currently climbing Annapurna), his sister Grace accepted the award on his behalf.

Chin’s recent assignments include climbing the world’s tallest freestanding sandstone towers in Mali, Africa and climbing Mt. Everest in 2004 with David Breashears and Ed Viesturs, while shooting the documentary video and production stills for a feature Universal Studios film. Along with Conrad Anker and Rick Ridgeway, Jimmy was a member of Galen Rowell’s last expedition that traversed the Chang Tang plateau in Tibet in 2002.

Jimmy’s creative eye behind the lens and attention to detail have won him accolades from commercial and editorial clients including National Geographic, National Geographic Adventure, Men's Journal, Climbing, Outside and ESPN magazines as well as The North Face and Patagonia.

In “giving back”, Jimmy’s photography work has assisted in the protection of the rare chiru antelope in Tibet. He is a member of the Outdoor Industry Conservation Alliance and the Advisory Board for the Rowell Fund for Tibet. Jimmy has also been involved with the Central Asia Institute in Pakistan and the Khumbu Climbing School in Nepal.

This $15,000 annual cash award was established by The Rowell Legacy Committee, which is composed of family members, friends, business associates and admirers of the late Barbara and Galen Rowell. Its hope is that Galen and Barbara's work and the award will serve to inspire in others the love of the human experience in the environment and the desire to protect the wild and special places on our planet.

New Book About Galen’s Last Expedition

In June 2002, Rick Ridgeway, Conrad Anker, Jimmy Chin, and the late renowned wilderness photographer Galen Rowell set out to discover the migration route of the chiru (the tibetan antelope). A feat twice attempted by eminent wildlife biologist George Schaller—first in four-wheel-drive vehicles and later by camel caravan—the team resolved to use their outdoor skills, prototype aluminum rickshaws, and their own two feet to solve this wildlife riddle.

Available May, 2004, The Big Open: On Foot Across Tibet’s Chang Tang by Rick Ridgeway recounts this both unprecedented and urgent expedition and features photography by Galen Rowell and a foreword by Conrad Anker. For more information, please visit the Mountain Light Book Store.

Mountain Light Email Address Changes

Our general contact email address, staff * mountainlight . com, will be discontinued as of March 17, 2004. After that date, please use the email addresses below to contact each Mountain Light department directly.


For ordering or information on Photographic Workshops, Fine Art Prints and all Mountain Light Merchandise, and for general Gallery, Special Event and Guest Exhibit information:

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For Stock Photography and Photo Licensing information:

mlpictures * mountainlight . com


For all Press Release requests and submissions:

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Ridgeway, Anker Kick Off Rowell Lectures

A slide show and lecture presented by Rick Ridgeway and Conrad Anker, two of America’s most accomplished mountaineers, will kick off the new Galen and Barbara Rowell Annual Lecture Series.

The event will be held Wednesday, May 12, 2004 at San Francisco’s Fairmont Hotel. A VIP reception is set for 6:30 p.m. with the presentation to begin at 7:30 p.m.

The event is presented by the Commonwealth Club of California and the Rowell Legacy Committee and sponsored by Yosemite National Institutes, American Himalayan Foundation and Yosemite Fund.

During the presentation, Ridgeway and Anker will detail their thrilling, but treacherous 275-mile trek with photographers / mounatineers Jimmy Chin and Galen Rowell across the uninhabited rangeland in northern Tibet. The four men pulled aluminum rickshaws weighted down with supplies across the area known as the Chang Tang Plateau, which features an average elevation of 16,000 ft. Sponsored by the Expeditions Council of the National Geographic Society, the aim of the trek was to locate the birthing grounds of the rare Tibetan antelope and hopefully convince the Chinese government to safeguard the area. The antelope, or chiru, are being driven to near extinction by poachers for their fur.

Tragically, this trek was to be Rowell’s last. He and his wife Barbara were killed in a plane crash near their Bishop, Calif. home two months after his return from the expedition.

The program is the premiere event for the newly established Galen and Barbara Rowell Lecture Series and “One-of-a-Kind” award that will be conferred annually in their honor. Proceeds from the event will be used to endow the award. A prestigious panel of judges, to be publicly named at this event, will select the award. The first award will be conferred in 2005.

The Galen and Barbara Rowell Award will go to an adventurer whose passion for the visual arts and / or literary expression brings honor and illumination to the wild places and mountainous regions of the world, and whose life and accomplishments are having a significant beneficial impact on both the environment and the peoples who inhabit these lands and regions.

Tickets for the VIP reception cost $125 and include the reception, preferred seating at the program and an autographed copy of Ridgeway’s new book, The Big Open: One Foot Across Tibet’s Chang Tang. Tickets for the program cost $35 person. A$10 discount is available for members and affiliates of the sponsoring organizations.

Reservations may be made online at www.commonwealthclub.org or by phone, (415) 597-6705. MasterCard or Visa accepted. If paying by check, a telephone reservation must be made first. Additional payment information for those paying with a check may be obtained when the reservation is placed.

Those who cannot attend but would like to make a tax-deductible contribution should send checks to:

Rowell Legacy Fund
c/o Yosemite National Institutes
GGNRA, Building 1055
Sausalito, CA 94965
ATTN: Janet Lewis

New Galen Rowell Graduated Neutral-Density Filters Available

Mountain Light is now stocking the full range of filters that Galen Rowell designed for Singh-Ray. In addition to the 2-stop and 3-stop hard and soft grads that were part of Galen's standard equipment, he also designed custom filters in 1-stop hard and soft, 4-stop hard, and 5-stop hard densities for even greater control over dynamic natural light. Click here for more information.

Tibetan Charities to Receive $31,000

The charity auction featuring Galen Rowell’s signature image, Rainbow over Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet, closed Monday, Dec. 1 with a final bid of $31,000.

The 20" x 30" print, signed by both Rowell and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is on display at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif. through December.

Proceeds from the auction benefit the International Campaign for Tibet and the Rowell Fund for Tibet. The Rowell Fund for Tibet supports the work of Tibetans communicating issues of importance to broader Tibetan or international audiences through visual and language arts.

The Rowell Fund For Tibet

The International Campaign for Tibet and close friends and family of the Rowells have established a fund to carry on Galen and Barbara Rowell’s legacy in the Tibetan community. Galen Rowell was the Co-chair of ICT’s Board of Advisors and a longtime friend of Tibet. Together, Galen and Barbara produced the book My Tibet, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and introduced Tibet to countless people around the world. Through photographs and writing they documented and brought attention to many threatened ecosystems and cultures.

Purpose: To encourage and support the work of Tibetans communicating issues of importance to their community to a broader Tibetan or international audiences. The fund will honor Galen and Barbara Rowell’s legacy for Tibetans by providing small grants to Tibetans in the language and visual arts who can make significant contributions to society. The Fund will support established or aspiring and talented Tibetans pursuing interests such as photography, film-making, writing, journalism, and projects that promote these skills within the Tibetan community. Examples of projects: photography, photo exhibitions, educational pamphlets, newsletters, book projects, translation projects, public speaking tours, video library, women’s issues and environmental awareness.

For more information, please download the brochure (PDF, 218k) or visit the ICT website.

Galen’s Last Expedition

National Public Radio in association with National Geographic presents “Tibet’s Endangered Antelope,” the story of Galen Rowell’s last expedition.

Galen and expedition team members Conrad Anker, Rick Ridgeway and Jimmy Chin set out to trek over 275 miles on foot (carrying 250 pounds of gear and supplies each) across some of the most desolate and remote landscape in northern Tibet. The goal: to discover and photograph the birthing grounds of the chiru, a highly endangered antelope prized by poachers for its fine wool, used in shahtoosh shawls.

This expedition succeeded where all previous attempts had failed. It is hoped that the discovery of the chiru migration route and birthing grounds will put pressure on the Chinese government to protect the area as a wildlife refuge. Without such protection, the area will be opened to mining development, easing access by poachers.

Click here to hear interviews and news stories, and see videos and Galen’s photographs of what Ridgeway dubbed “the most fulfilling trip we’ve had…”.

Guest Photographer Exhibits

Coming to Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, California: the fine art photographic works of highly regarded and renowned guest photographers in our newly expanded gallery space! Other exciting events may coincide with our guest exhibits, click here for more information.

The Contents of Galen’s Camera Bag

Mountain Light gets many inquiries requesting information on what photo equipment Galen used to make his amazing images. In response, we have posted an addition to Galen’s biography page: a list of his favorite equipment and accessories, where and when he carried them and what he used them for. Click here to view the contents of Galen’s Camera Bag.

Multimedia Galen Rowell Interview

A multimedia interview of Galen Rowell taken just before he went on assignment to Antarctica has been posted to the Nikon website.

Featuring audio clips, a Q&A, a biography and a gallery, some of the gallery photos include audio of Galen describing his techniques and the conditions under which some of his more memorable shots were taken.

Sponsored by Nikon and PDN Online, please click here to visit the site.

Special Presentation by Losang Rabgey

Mountain Light Gallery will offer a special presentation by 2006 National Geographic Emerging Explorer Losang Rabgey on Sunday, March 26th at 7:00 p.m. The presentation is entitled “Engaging Tibet: The People and the Land Today” and is about the environmental and social engagement work of Machik.

Losang Rabgey heads the Tibet Program for Cultural Survival. Born in a Tibetan refugee camp in India, she moved to Canada as a child. She has spent her summers going back to her father’s village in eastern Tibet, where she has worked to raise educational standards from the lowest ranking to the highest ranking in the prefecture. She also has built a community center in another village and is making efforts to set up sustainable tourism in the region. A Ph.D. graduate in Tibetan studies from the University of London, her research interests include rural community development and social change in Tibetan areas, particularly in Kham.

For additional information, please call Mountain Light Gallery at (760) 873-7700.

Rowell Fund Rewards Tibetan Innovators

14 December 2004—A project to educate Tibetans about endangered animals, an initiative to promote and cultivate Tibetan contemporary art, and individual Tibetan film-makers and photographers have all been granted awards from ICT’s Rowell Fund, to encourage and support the work of Tibetans communicating issues of importance to their community to a broader Tibetan or international audience.

The Rowell Fund for Tibet was established to honor Galen and Barbara Rowell’s legacy for Tibetans by providing small grants to Tibetans in the language and visual arts. More than 50 Tibetans applied for the grants this year, and 11 projects will be funded, totaling nearly $50,000—including the production of a set of books about the imprisoned religious teacher Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, an art “refuge” for Tibetan children who have escaped from Tibet, and documentation of stories of Tibetan elders.

Mountaineer and author David Breashears, who is on the Advisory Board of the Rowell Fund for Tibet, said: “These awards highlight the broad range and diversity of work being undertaken by Tibetans to promote and develop their cultural heritage. This vital work is a worthy tribute to Galen and Barbara's passion and commitment to the Tibetan cause.”

Galen Rowell was the Co-chair of ICT's Board of Advisors and a longtime friend of Tibet.  Galen and his wife Barbara produced the book My Tibet, with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and introduced Tibet to countless people around the world.  Through photographs and writing they documented and brought attention to many threatened ecosystems and cultures.

John Ackerly, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, said: “We believe that supporting ambitious and talented Tibetans nurtures innovation from diverse parts of the Tibetan community. Our grants should not only go to well-run Tibetan organizations, but also to individuals who often don’t have access to resources as organizations do. The Rowell Fund is part of a change at ICT towards focusing more on empowering Tibetans and building a civil society within Tibet and in exile.”

Few applications for this year’s awards were received from Tibet, but many of the grantees selected are carrying out some or all of their work in Tibet. Some requested not to be named.

The Rowell Fund projects were selected by the RFT Advisory Board, consisting of the consisting of the following friends and family of Galen and Barbara Rowell: John Ackerly, Conrad Anker, Justin Black, David Breashears, Jimmy Chin, Bob and Beth Cushman, John Jancik and Terri Baker, Bob Palais, Tony Rowell, Nicole Rowell Ryan and Ray Ryan. Galen and Barbara were killed in a plane crash on August 11, 2002, near their home in Bishop, California.

The Rowell Fund is a program managed by the International Campaign for Tibet.

The successful applicants to the 2004 Rowell Fund include the following:

Phukron Karpo Shidhye Sungkyob Association, Dolma Ling nunnery, India. A proposal for the publication of a series of three books in Tibetan about the imprisoned religious leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, including his biography and selected articles by Chinese scholars about his case.

Art Refuge, Ms. Dolma Tsering, India. Art program for refugee children in Dharamsala and Kathmandu, staffed entirely by Tibetans, and created to provide children with support through this time of transition as newly arrived refugees, many of whom are orphans in exile.

Tibet Justice Center, Tashi Tsering, USA. Initiatives on sustainable development in Tibet including: a Tibet Justice Training Program for young Tibetans, development of partnerships with Chinese and other researchers / activists, a complete study on effects of nature reserve parks on Tibetan pastoral nomads, development of a public education presentation on the history of Tibetans’ relation with the environment and a summary of the modern sustainability movement for Tibetan schools in exile.

The Tibet Museum, Dorjee Thinley, India. Funds will be used for the development and installation of software to organize an archival system for its photograph collection, in order to preserve decaying photographs and optimize searching capability. Established in 1998 in Dharamsala, the museum has a collection of over 20,000 photographs, 5,000 slides and 15,000 negatives of images of Tibet.

Ngawang Choephel Productions, USA. Funding for the continued production of the film, Through the Hollow Bamboo: Tibet in Song, a documentary on traditional Tibetan music including performances from within Tibet, Losar celebrations in exile and interviews with noted Tibet experts such as Robert Thurman. Ngawang Choephel, a musicologist and musician, served 6 years of an 18-year prison sentence for filming in Tibet but never lost the determination to complete his film.

Tesi Environmental Awareness Movement, Ms. Tsering Yangkey. A campaign Against Endangered Species Trade in Tibetan communities, particularly of shatoosh (Tibetan antelope) wool. The project aims to curtail Tibetan participation in wildlife smuggling through educational campaigning and workshops.

Wildlife Trust of India, Ashok Kumar, India. An education campaign in Tibetan exile communities to curtail the illegal wildlife trade, through videos, efforts with TGIE, school programs and symposia. The Wildlife Trust of India will coordinate efforts with Tesi.

Losang Gyatso, Gonkar Gyatso and Karma Phuntsok, US, UK and Australia. A grouping of three Tibetan contemporary artists to promote the awareness and recognition of contemporary art being created by Tibetans both inside and outside Tibet.  The three artists involved are probably the most renowned, talented  and successful modern artists in exile.

Tenzin Dorjee, India. The only professional Tibetan photographer in exile, Tenzin has been awarded funds for a photo project documenting Tibetans in exile in India and the US in order to depict the profound changes that have altered the lives of Tibetans.

Thupten Tsering, USA. Filming testimonies of Tibetan elders in order to preserve stories about Tibet’s past and contribute to the understanding of a community in exile.

The International Campaign for Tibet works to promote human rights and democratic freedoms in Tibet. Founded in 1988, ICT is a non-profit membership organization with offices in Washington, Amsterdam and Berlin.

Photographic Workshops and Seminars Scheduled for Spring and Fall 2005

Photo © 2017 Jack Dykinga

April 2005: Mountain Light 4-Day Advanced Workshop entitled Every Picture Tells A Story: A Conceptual Approach to Nature Photography, will feature Frans Lanting—one of America’s leading masters of nature photography.

May 2005: two Mountain Light 3-1/2 Day Workshops are planned, featuring leading landscape master photographer Jack Dykinga.

September 2005: a special 4-Day Travel Photography Workshop to photograph cowboy culture in the Eastern Sierra will feature Nevada Wier, master of adventure travel and culture photography.

Also in September 2005: a 3-1/2 Day Workshop featuring Mountain Light General Manager Justin Black, an accomplished photographer in his own right, who assisted Galen Rowell in his Mountain Light workshop program for three years.

Photo © 2017 Frans Lanting

October 2005: a special 3-Day Panoramic Landscape Workshop will feature Macduff Everton, world-renowned master of panoramic format photography.

These workshops will afford you the opportunity work with and learn from the photographers while photographing the stunning beauty and colors of the Eastern Sierra–where Galen captured many of his most beautiful images.

Mountain Light One-Day Introductory Seminars continue in April, 2005 featuring Mountain Light General Manager Justin Black. Intended to expose enthusiastic beginning and intermediate outdoor photographers to the tools of top pros working today, Justin will share key techniques that Galen Rowell used to create his magnificent body of work.

For more information on Mountain Light Workshops and Seminars, click here.

Each workshop or seminar is limited to 15 participants to insure that everyone receives the time and attention needed. We expect these to fill up quickly, please contact us promptly to reserve your space.

To register, call (760) 873-7700, fax us at (760) 873-3233, or email us at gallery * mountainlight . com.

Clevenger Benefit a Great Success

Photo © 2017 Vern Clevenger

The April 9 benefit for Eastern Sierra photographer Vern Clevenger was a wonderful success. The proceeds will aid Clevenger and his family with unforeseen expenses during his recovery and continued treatment for the removal of a malignant brain tumor.

The benefit, held at Galen & Barbara Rowell’s Mountain Light Gallery, drew a standing-room only crowd. More than 150 donations were made toward the event which featured a live auction, silent auction and drawing. Mountaineer Peter Croft served as the emcee while Jim Lackey handled the auctioneer’s duties.

Benefit organizer Leslie Goethals was very pleased with the overwhelming response to the event. “The Eastside is a very special place and the sense of community here is strong and supportive,” she said. “Thanks to everyone who was involved. The donations that have come in so far have made Vern and (his wife) Margaret feel much more at ease during this difficult time.

On March 31, Clevenger underwent a nine-hour surgery to remove the tumor. Ninety-five percent of the tumor was removed at that time. A subsequent pathology report did confirm the tumor was malignant so Clevenger will begin chemotherapy in two to three weeks.

Monetary donations are still being accepted. Donations can be made at either the Bishop or Mammoth Lakes branches of Bank of America. Donations can also be made at Clevenger’s website, www.vernclevenger.com, either by bank transfer or through Paypal.

Mountain Light Summer Internship

Mountain Light Photography is the company founded by the late Galen Rowell, best known for his landscape and adventure images from the world’s high and wild places. We have an opening for a summer intern in our Image Licensing Department. This is an unpaid internship.

The Image Licensing Department markets Galen’s images for use in advertising and editorial publications, including such clients as Marmot Mountain, The North Face, Patagonia, National Geographic, Outdoor Photographer, Men’s Journal, Climbing, Outside, etc. The intern will have the opportunity to work with Galen’s images, maintaining the files, processing electronic files, reviewing image submissions, and learning how a stock photography business operates.

Duties:

Assist in processing and archiving electronic images. This includes resizing and resampling existing electronic files, as well as color and balance correction to newly scanned files.

Imbed metadata in electronic files using a variety of programs.

Assist in fulfilling image requests from Mountain Light clients.

Assist in preparing licensing paperwork for images used by Mountain Light clients.

Assist in the maintaiance of Mountain Light’s image collection.

Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

Knowledge of Photoshop, and the ability to quickly learn other software programs (Portfolio Extensis, Debablizer, etc.)

The ability to select images appropriate to a clients needs.

Good attention to detail and follow-though.

Be able to work both independently and as part of a team.

Application Deadline: April 29, 2005

Contact: Mountain Light Photography
106 S. Main St. • Bishop, CA 93514 • 760-873-7700
mlstock * mountainlight . com

Multimedia Presentation with Andy Selters

Gore presents Ways To The Sky on Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 7:30 pm at Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop.

This multimedia presentation by author, photographer and alpinist Andy Selters is an historical guide to North American mountaineering. Admission is $5.

Spring 2005 Featured Artist: Jack Dykinga

Photo © 2017 Jack Dykinga

Mountain Light is pleased to present the large format landscapes of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Jack Dykinga, April 1st through June 30th, 2005. The gallery will host a public reception and booksigning for Dykinga, one of America’s most highly regarded landscape photographers, on Sunday, May 8th, from 6 to 9 p.m. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

Jack’s work reflects the merging of a photojournalistic, documentary approach with large-format landscape photography, focusing on environmental issues in the United States and Mexico. His skill in creating images that are at once majestic and factual  has made him a favorite of prestigious publications such as Arizona Highways. His photographs can be seen in a wide variety of publications such as Audubon, Harpers, National Geographic, Natural History, Sierra Club, Sunset, Time, The Wilderness Society, and Wildlife Conservation. His work has also been featured with portfolio spreads in Nature’s Best, Outdoor Photographer, Photo Media, Popular Photography, and View Camera magazines, as well as being featured on NBC’s Today Show, CNN’s Earth Matters and KAET’s Images of Arizona (PBS, Phoenix).

Hours for the Jack Dykinga Guest Exhibit are 10 am to 6 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday.

For more information about Jack Dykinga, please visit his website.

Galen & Barbara Rowell Lecture Series and
Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure

Wednesday, May 4, 2005 • 6:30 p.m. • The Fairmont Hotel
San Francisco, California (California Street at Mason)

Please join us for the second annual Rowell Lecture, An Evening With Erik Weihenmayer, a reception and program with the first blind climber to reach the summit of Mount Everest. The program will also include the presentation of the first Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure, which will honor that adventurer whose artistic passion illuminates the wild places of the world, and whose accomplishments significantly benefit both the environment and the peoples who inhabit these lands and regions. Doug McConnell, Rowell Legacy Committee co-chair and host of KRON-TV’s Bay Area Backroads, will emcee this special evening. This event is presented by the Commonwealth Club of California and the Rowell Legacy Committee, a committee of Yosemite National Institutes. It is sponsored by The Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation, Mountain Hardwear and Loteria Films.

Erik Weihenmayer became one of the youngest mountaineers to climb the Seven Summits—the highest mountains on the seven continents—in 2001. In 2003, Erik completed “Primal Quest,” the toughest multi-sport adventure race in the world—457 miles through the Sierra Nevada—in nine days. Erik skydives, paraglides, cycles, kayaks, treks and wrestles.  “He’s an inspiration to other blind people and plenty of us folks who can see just fine,” says Jon Krakauer. For more about Erik Weihenmayer, please visit his website at www.touchthetop.com.

For reservations and information, please visit the Commonwealth Club website. For more information on the Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure, please visit www.rowellaward.com.

Winter 2005 Featured Artist: Jim Stimson

Photo © 2017 Jim Stimson

Mountain Light is pleased to present the large format landscapes of local Eastern Sierra photographer Jim Stimson, January 3rd through March 31st. The gallery will host a public reception and booksigning for Stimson, considered one of California’s most highly regarded nature photographers, on Saturday, February 5th, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Photo © 2017 Jim Stimson

Jim Stimson’s photographs of the western landscape are published in a wide variety of books, magazines, and calendars. He has authored a number of articles and his work has appeared in Smithsonian, Backpacker, Earth, Wilderness, Outdoor Photographer, Camera and Darkroom, and View Camera magazines and in Audubon, Sierra Club, Nature Conservancy, Museum of Natural History, Browntrout, and Mono Lake calendars. Stimson was presented the Ansel Adams Award for Photography by the Sierra Club, and his book, Mono Lake: Explorations and Reflections was chosen Book of the Year by ForeWord magazine. He has also been honored by the Roger Tory Peterson Institute, the Banff Mountain Film Festival and the Maine Photographic Workshops.

Hours for the Jim Stimson Guest Exhibit are 10 am to 6 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday.

The Reception and Booksigning will feature celtic folk music by Queen Mab. Hors d'oeuvres and beverages will be served.

For more information about Jim Stimson, please visit his website.

Fundraiser for the Rowell Award – Jan. 19

On January 19, 2005, please join the Rowell Legacy Committee at Marin’s Headlands Institute for a reception and special screening of the film Monumental: David Brower’s Fight For Wild America.  This award-winning documentary by Bay Area filmmaker Kelly Duane chronicles the life of David Brower, an environmentalist who fought for the preservation of America’s wild places.  This event is a fundraiser for The Rowell Award for the Art of Adventure and is co-sponsored by the Rowell Legacy Committee and Yosemite National Institutes.  Proceeds from the event will be used to endow the Rowell Award.

Monumental was completed with technical expertise from Galen Rowell and financial assistance from the late Brian Maxwell, a Rowell Legacy Committee member at the time of his death.

Date and Location: Wednesday, January 19, 2005 in the Sunset Room (Bldg. 1054) on the Headlands Institute campus, Marin Headlands, Golden Gate National Recreation Area. For driving directions and map, please click here.

Tickets: $50.00 per person (includes reception and admission to the film). To order tickets, please contact Brian Thysell at 415-332-5776, ext. 20 or send an email to brian * rowellaward . com.  Please state the number of tickets you are ordering and your email address.  Payment must be made in advance and will be accepted by check or VISA / MasterCard.  Please make checks payable to: The Rowell Legacy Fund / YNI; write “film tickets” on the check; and send it to The Rowell Legacy Committee, c/o Yosemite National Institutes, GGNRA, Bldg. 1055, Sausalito, CA 94956. You will receive an email confirmation upon payment.  Tickets will be sold at the door only if there are seats available.

Program Schedule

6:30–7:30 pm, Reception: Refreshments including wine and desserts will be served downstairs at the Sunset Room.

7:30 pm: Filmmaker Kelly Duane will introduce the 75-minute film and be available for a question and answer period following the screening.  The film will be presented upstairs at the Sunset Room.

The evening will be emceed by Doug McConnell, Rowell Legacy Committee Co-Chair and host of KRON-TV’s well-regarded and long running Bay Area Backroads.

For more information about Monumental, please click here.

The Rowell Award Nomination Process

Do you know an individual who would make a great candidate for the 2005 Rowell Award? We are still accepting nominations. Simply download, complete, and return the nomination form by January 17th.

The Rowell Award recipient will be notified by March 1st.

The Rowell Award ceremony will take place on May 4th in San Francisco, along with the second annual Rowell Lecture featuring Erik Weihenmayer.

For more information and to download the nomination form, please click here.

David Muench Exhibit and Reception

Photo © 2017 David Muench

Fine art photographs by David Muench will be featured Sept. 29 through Dec. 31 at Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, Calif. The celebrated photographer of the American West will also visit the gallery for a public reception and booksigning on Sunday, Oct. 3, 5:30 to 8 p.m.

As David puts it, he has “studied under the tutorship of nature” and has tried to follow his own intuitions and perceptions, without imitating the work of other photographers. David’s photographs strive to make people aware of the importance of preserving the wild in its natural state. “Hopefully my work leads to a celebration of man and the earth—and the mystical forces of nature that help to shape our destinies,” he says.

David is the primary photographer for more than 40 books and has participated in numerous one-man exhibits. He often collaborates with his son, Marc, a highly recognized photographer in his own right.

Hours for the David Muench Guest Exhibit are 10 am to 6 pm Sunday through Thursday and 10 am to 9 pm Friday and Saturday.

The Reception and Booksigning will also feature the music of the Minaret Quartet. Hors d’oeuvres and beverages will be served.

For more information about David Muench, please visit his website.

Photographic Workshops and Seminars Scheduled for Spring and Fall 2004

Photo © 2017 Justin Black

Two Mountain Light 3-1/2 Day Workshops are planned for May 2004 featuring preeminent nature photographer Frans Lanting. In September and October 2004, two Mountain Light 3-1/2 Day Workshops are planned featuring preeminent landscape photographer David Muench. These workshops will afford you the opportunity work with and learn from the photographers while photographing the stunning beauty and colors of the Eastern Sierra–where Galen captured many of his most beautiful images.

New for 2004, Mountain Light One-Day Introductory Seminars are also planned, featuring Mountain Light General Manager Justin Black, an accomplished photographer in his own right. Intended to expose enthusiastic beginning and intermediate outdoor photographers to the tools of top pros working today, Justin–who assisted Galen Rowell in his Mountain Light workshop program for three years–will share key techniques that Galen used to create his magnificent body of work.

For more information on Mountain Light Workshops and Seminars, click here.

Each workshop or seminar is limited to 15 participants to insure that everyone receives the time and attention needed. We expect these to fill up quickly, please contact us promptly to reserve your space.

To register, call (760) 873-7700, fax us at (760) 873-3233, or email us at gallery * mountainlight . com.

Vern Clevenger Exhibit and Reception

Photo © 2017 Vern Clevenger

An exhibit of Vern Clevenger’s fine photography will be on display at the Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, Calif. from July 1 through September 30, 2004. This is a continuation of our series of Guest Photographer Exhibits showing in Mountain Light’s expanded gallery space.

In addition to displaying many of his well-known classics, Vern will be unveiling new Eastern Sierra images at this exhibit. A public reception with hors d’oeuvres and beverages is planned for Saturday, July 24.

For more information about Vern Clevenger, please visit his website. For more information on Mountain Light Guest Exhibits, including Vern’s Guest Exhibit and Reception, please click here.

Frans Lanting Exhibit Comes to Bishop

Reception planned, open to the public

Photo © 2017Frans Lanting

Highly regarded nature and wildlife photographer Frans Lanting is bringing his unique view of the natural world to Galen and Barbara Rowell’s Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, Calif.

Lanting’s fine art photographs will be on display at the gallery now through June 30, 2004. An artist’s reception and book signing is planned for Sunday, May 9, 5-8 p.m. The event is open to the public.

This rare public display of Lanting’s work coincides with two sold out photography workshops he will be leading for Mountain Light Photography, May 6-9 and 13-16.

Lanting’s work has appeared in numerous major magazines worldwide including National Geographic, Life, Audubon, Stern, Figaro, and GEO. Exhibits featuring his photographs have appeared at major museums in Paris, Milan, Tokyo, New York and Amsterdam.

He is the author of eight books including the popular Eye to Eye: Intimate Encounters With The Animal World, Jungles, Okavango: Africa’s Last Eden and Penguin.

For additional information, please visit our Guest Exhibits page, or call Mountain Light Gallery at (760) 873-7700. For additional information about Frans Lanting, please visit www.lanting.com.

Benefit For The Clevenger Family: April 9

Photo © 2017 Vern Clevenger

At first he thought it was just a normal part of aging. It’s a natural thought for a person approaching 50. But on a routine visit to his doctor Vern Clevenger, well-known local photographer, mentioned that he was having minor memory lapses, and that he was also mixing words up. Fortunately for Clevenger, his doctor is the cautious type, and suggested some tests, “Just to be on the safe side.”

The lapses turned out to be more than a normal byproduct of getting older—the tests revealed that they are the result of a tumor growing on Clevenger’s brain. As you might imagine, this was devastating news for Clevenger and his family.

“At first I sensed an unwelcome companion—it’s name was dread,” said Margaret Clevenger. “As we learned more, and met with our surgeon, it grew, and it still lurks in the corner. But faith and hope are permeating its space,” she continued.

Photo © 2017 Vern Clevenger

It won’t be known whether the tumor is malignant until it’s removed and tested. That is scheduled to happen on March 31, when Clevenger is to undergo surgery in San Francisco.

The Clevengers have deep roots in the Eastern Sierra. He moved to Bishop in 1973 at the urging of the late legendary photographer, Galen Rowell. His wife, Margaret, moved to the region in 1978. She met her future husband climbing in Yosemite the same year, and they married in 1980. She works as a part-time parent educator and counselor at the Eastern Sierra Family Resource Center.

Today they divide their time between Mammoth and Bishop. They have two children, Dylan, age 14, and Sabrina, age 7. Clevenger maintains a studio and gallery in Bishop at 3612 Ranch Road.

Given their history in the area, it’s not surprising that news of the Clevengers’ situation spread between like wildfire between Mammoth and Bishop. And their friends immediately began rallying around them, offering whatever help and support they could.

Two of the first people to offer help were Leslie Goethals and her husband John Dittli, long time friends of the Clevengers. Like Clevenger, Dittli is a well-known local photographer. He and Clevenger are also regular backcountry skiing partners.

Goethals’ first action was to set up an e-mail network to help coordinate the dissemination of information to the Clevenger’s many friends (incorrect rumors were rampant in the first few days after the news of Clevenger’s diagnosis broke).

The number of people on the list has grown to almost 200, and is expanding daily. People wishing to be added to the list should send an e-mail to dittli * earthlink . net, with “Vern Clevenger” in the subject line. Information is also being posted on Clevenger’s website, www.vernclevenger.com.

Goethals and Dittli, along Tom Klinefelter and Ruth Hensley, also started planning fund raising efforts to give the Clevengers more than emotional support.

“People who haven’t been through something like this think that money isn’t an issue—that if you have insurance it pays for everything,” Goethals said. “It doesn’t pay for everything. And the doctor has told Vern that he won’t be able to work for at least two months after the surgery. Vern’s self-employed, so he doesn’t have benefits such as disability or sick leave,” she continued.

In addition, Margaret Clevenger will likely be unable to work at her part-time job during her husband’s surgery and as she cares for him during his rehabilitation.

For these reasons the Clevengers’ friends and supporters are busy arranging a silent auction and benefit, scheduled to be held Friday, April 9 between 6-9 p.m. at Galen and Barbara Rowell’s Mountain Light Gallery, 106 South Main St., Bishop. RSVPs are appreciated.

Just as offers of emotional help and support poured in immediately after Clevenger’s diagnosis, offers of items for the silent auction have come pouring in, too. According to Goethals more than 30 items have been donated so far.

Fine art prints from photographers top the list, followed by paintings and sculptures, trips, lodging at various locations (both locally and as far away as Vermont), kayak tours, gift certificates, and posters. The range of items is sure to grow as more items are donated.

And it’s not just local residents that are stepping up to the plate. Internationally renowned wildlife and outdoor photographer Tom Mangelsen, based in Jackson, WY, has donated two fine art prints to the auction, as have other photographers from around the country.

People wishing to donate an item can contact Goethals at dittli * earthlink . net. Auction items can also be dropped off at Mountain Light Gallery.

The Mammoth Gallery, located in the Sierra Center Mall, will also hold a benefit for Clevenger on March 27-28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. New Clevenger images, vintage ski posters, and Kendra Knight’s gicleé fine art photographs will be on display, and 25 percent of the proceeds go to the Vern Clevenger Fund.

Monetary donations are also being accepted. There are several ways to make a donation. Simply walk into a Bank of America in either Bishop or Mammoth and ask the teller about making a donation to the Vern Clevenger Fund. Donations can also be made at Clevenger’s website, www.vernclevenger.com, either by bank transfer or through Paypal.

All funds raised by the auction and donations will go directly to the Clevenger family for use for unexpected expenses, and for items not covered by insurance.

The Clevengers are understandably touched by the outpouring of support they are receiving.

“We feel an overwhelming sense of caring,” said Margaret. “I feel like we are being carried along by a lot of love—I feel like we are being carried by angels. I don’t see how we could get through this without our support group.”

Special Guest Gallery Exhibit: “Influences”

Photo © 2017 Justin Black

Mountain Light Gallery is pleased to announce Influences, a special three-photographer guest exhibit. This exhibit will be a tribute to Galen Rowell's profound influence on the many up-and-coming photographers he worked with over the years.

Influences will run January 1 through March 31, 2004. A public reception is set for Saturday, February 7, 4 to 8 pm at Mountain Light Gallery.

Influences will feature the works of Justin Carder Black, Jerry Dodrill and Tony Rowell. These three photographers all worked closely with and were heavily influenced by Galen Rowell.

For the most up-to-date information on this special exhibit and the planned public reception, please visit our Guest Exhibits page.

Galen Rowell Exhibit in Amador
County Wine Country

Through the end of December, Shenandoah Vineyards & Gallery in Amador County’s western Sierra foothills will be presenting a special exhibit of Galen Rowell’s photographs. Over 30 of Galen’s classic photographs from the Sierra Nevada, Yosemite, the Bay Area, and around the world are on display. On Saturday, November 15 at 1 pm and 3 pm, Galen’s daughter, Nicole Rowell Ryan will make a special presentation on her father’s extraordinary life and legacy.

For more information and directions to Shenandoah Vineyards, visit their website.

Shenandoah Vineyards & Sobon Estate
12300 Steiner Road :: :: Plymouth, CA 95669
Phone: (209) 245-4455 :: :: Fax (209) 245-5156
info * sobonwine . com

Pat O’Hara Exhibit and Reception

Photo © 2017 Pat O’Hara

Fine art photographs by Pat O’Hara will be featured Oct. 2 through Dec. 31 at Galen and Barbara Rowell’s Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, Calif.

An artist’s reception for O’Hara is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 11, 4-8 p.m. at the gallery. The reception is open to the public. O’Hara's visit to the Sierra coincides with an Oct. 2-5 fall colors workshop he will be leading for Mountain Light.

Pat O’Hara has been an environmental photographer and a leader in his profession for two decades. His contemporary travel schedule takes him to national and international locations, often to photograph remote parks and wilderness areas.

O’Hara’s color photography has been showcased in sixteen books, many on important conservation issues. His photographs have been published extensively in magazines, calendars, greeting cards, posters, advertisements, and electronic mediums. He has received numerous awards such as the Photography Gold Medal presented by the New York Art Directors Club, and the Award of Excellence by Communication Arts Magazine.

For more information, please visit our Guest Exhibit and Photographic Workshop pages.

Charity Auction Announcement: Rainbow Over The Potala Palace by Galen Rowell

His Holiness the Dalai Lama signs mat of Galen Rowell’s
signature photograph, “Rainbow over the Potala Palace”
as Galen’s daughter Nicole looks on.

The families of Galen and Barbara Rowell are making available for auction one of the few remaining signed and numbered prints of Galen’s famous signature photograph, Rainbow Over the Potala Palace, Lhasa, Tibet (1981). From a limited edition of 300 prints, this piece is entirely unique as it was signed by His Holiness the Dalai Lama on September 10th, 2003 during his visit to Washington, DC. This makes it the only print in existence signed both by Rowell and the Dalai Lama, who together co-authored the book, My Tibet. The print is 20" x 30" on Fujicolor Crystal Archive photographic paper, and was printed under Galen’s personal direction using the finest techniques available.

All proceeds from the auction are being donated by the Rowell’s estate to the Rowell Fund for Tibet and the International Campaign for Tibet. The Rowell Fund for Tibet was established by friends and family members of Galen and Barbara and the International Campaign for Tibet to provide grants to Tibetan photographers and writers. The Rowell Fund for Tibet brochure is linked here, describing in more detail how the proceeds from this auction will benefit the Tibetan community and honor the legacies of Galen and Barbara Rowell.

Bids will be accepted by Mountain Light through December 1, 2003, and the print will be on public display at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, California through December, 2003. For more details about the print and the live auction, please visit the ICT website at www.savetibet.org.

Please do not hesitate to contact Mountain Light General Manager, Justin Black, with any questions you may have about the print or the auction, at (760) 873-7700 or jblack@mountainlight.com. For inquiries about the International Campaign for Tibet or the Rowell Fund for Tibet, please contact John Ackerly at (202) 785-1515 or johna * savetibet . org.

Fall 2003 Photography Workshops Announced

Two Mountain Light 3-1/2 Day Workshops are planned for October 2003 featuring preeminent landscape photographer Pat O’Hara. These workshops will afford you the opportunity work with and learn from a master landscape photographer while photographing stunning fall colors in the Eastern Sierra–where Galen captured many of his most beautiful images.

Field sessions, illustrated lectures, critiques of your field session photos, as well as two group lunches, a group dinner, morning refreshments and a schedule designed to maximize your time with Pat and to take advantage of Sierra alpenglow all add to the fun and excitement of these informative workshops. Click here for more information!

Each workshop is limited to 15 participants to insure that everyone receives the time and attention needed. We expect these workshops to fill up quickly, please contact us promptly to reserve your space.

To register, call (760) 873-7700, fax us at (760) 873-3233, or email us at gallery * mountainlight . com.

Photographic Workshops Resumed!

  1. The Mountain Light Photographic Workshops have been resumed, beginning with a series by guest instructor Frans Lanting, one of America’s preeminent nature photographers. For more information, please visit our newly updated Workshops Page.

Workshops are limited to 15 participants, and we expect them to fill up quickly. Please contact us promptly to reserve your space.

To register, call (760) 873-7700, fax us at (760) 873-3233, or email us at gallery * mountainlight . com.

Limited Edition Prints Now Available

Galen Rowell’s Limited Edition Prints are once again available! Please contact Mountain Light Staff if you are interested in any of these items. For more information on sizes and prices by quantities remaining, please see the Limited Edition Prices page.

Galen Rowell’s Recommended Reading

Back by popular demand, Galen’s book reviews have again been made available on the Mountain Light site! His reviews of 16 books of special interest to photographers and mountaineers can be viewed here.

Wildlife On View

A display of wildlife photography by Tony Rowell will be at the Marin Headlands Visitor Center throughout 2003.

Several of Tony’s photographs are on view including a bobcat jumping for its prey and his rare shot of a wild bobcat with it’s prey in its mouth, a pocket gopher. Also on display are other wildlife photographs including a coyote, a great horned owl and tule elk silhouetted at sunset, as well as landscapes of the bay area including a beautiful nighttime shot of the Golden Gate Bridge.

Hours for the display are 9:30 to 4:30 Monday through Saturday, call (415) 331-1540 for more information. You can also view some of Tony’s other works at the Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop, CA and in his Online Gallery.

New Book By Barbara Cushman Rowell

Get your hardcover first edition of
Barbara Cushman Rowell’s
Flying South: A Pilot’s Inner Journey

Flying South: A Pilot’s Inner Journey is available in a hardcover edition for $32.50. Get your copy now!

This book includes 100 color photographs by Galen and Barbara Rowell. Click here for more information about this very special book.

Barbara had been scheduled to lecture and sign books at the National Geographic in Washington D.C. on December 11th, 2002.

Two New Books Published

Two new books by Galen Rowell have been published: California the Beautiful and a new, revised edition of High and Wild (previously out of print).

The first printing of California the Beautiful was extremely popular as a gift book and it sold out quickly. High and Wild ($34.95) and California the Beautiful ($16.95) are available at the Bishop Gallery or through the Online Bookstore.

 

Emeryville Facility Has Moved

On April 12th, 2002, the Mountain Light Stock Department and Gallery moved to new offices overlooking the Sierra Mountains in Bishop, California. This move allows us to consolidate all our operations under one roof in our headquarters located in Bishop’s downtown historic Bank Building. The Stock Department will continue to provide outstanding service to all of its customers via FedEx, UPS Overnight and the internet.

The Mountain Light Stock Department address is 106 South Main Street, Bishop, CA 93514. Telephone: (760) 873-7700.

For our Bay Area customers, we extend a special invitation to visit us in Bishop, or use the Mountain Light website to order books, videos, fine art prints, and filters.

Many New Images Just Added

Our Online Gallery has been updated to reflect the images hanging on the walls in the Bishop Gallery. We’ve added many new Eastern Sierra images, as well as images to every category in our Online Gallery.

Newly Republished Yosemite Book Available

Originally celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Yosemite National Park, Galen Rowell’s The Yosemite, including 101 of his superb full-color images of Yosemite, has just become available in a new printing. Galen’s photographs have been placed alongside the complete text of John Muir’s classic The Yosemite, recounting the famed naturalists adventures amid Yosemite Valley’s breathtaking landscape at the end of the last century. The result is a powerful evocation of Yosemite’s lasting beauty and a testament to the importance of preserving the world’s most precious natural places.

Copies are available in the Bishop Gallery or via the website for $24.95, softcover only.

The New Gallery in Bishop

The new Mountain Light Gallery in Bishop is located in the historic Bank Building where the Watterson Brothers were taken to jail in 1927 for cooking the bank’s books so as not to foreclose on local ranchers and businesses under pressure from the City of Los Angeles. As told in the movie Chinatown, the bank’s failure allowed Los Angeles to acquire the mortgages to the last ranches and open its 300-mile long aqueduct system from the High Sierra to the city. Barbara and Galen remodeled the 15,600-foot building’s interior to create the gallery, as well as installing a large awning and creative lighting on the building’s original white-tiled brick exterior. (Digital photo with Nikon CoolPix 990 Fisheye: Barbara Cushman Rowell).

Two New Books Available

North America the Beautiful, text and photographs by Galen Rowell. Celebrates more than 30 years of exploring the vast region from Alaska, Canada, and Greenland to Mexico and the Caribbean. This spectacular six-pound, large-format book provides 320 pages of stunning scenery, richly illustrated and beautifully described with Galen’s personal perspective and unique insight.

Galen Rowell’s Inner Game of Outdoor Photography, includes sixty-six essays based on his popular Outdoor Photographer monthly column, and in more than 160 color photographs, Galen illustrates how he transforms what he sees into vivid, memorable works of art. This instructive 288 page book includes advice on both practical and technical matters such as packing for travel, pushing film to extremes, and when to use fill flash and smart flash. For those interested in additional insight into making arresting images that fulfill their visual expectations, this is a must have publication.

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