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New Galen Rowell Retrospective Book

Galen Rowell: A RetrospectiveAvailable 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.


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