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Galen Rowell: A Retrospective Hardcover – October 1, 2006
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Even though he was heralded as the natural successor to Ansel Adams because of the vivid landscapes he often captured through his lens, Rowell was actually at his best when he showed the striking juxtaposition of a human element in his nature pictures, for example, showing rock climber Ron Kauk precariously clinging to the underside of a precipice on a Marin beach. What comes across quite clearly is a man who fulfilled his life philosophies every day, a passionate melding of artist, adventurer and environmentalist, who made a pint of anticipating his opportunities while living in the moment. To reinforce this, the editors have incorporated several testimonials from Rowell's colleagues and admirers such as Tom Brokaw, mountaineer Conrad Anker and photographer Frans Lanting, who lends particular insight into Rowell's singular motivation in transcending the reality of what he saw.Read more ›
Rowell's famous photograph, "Rainbow over the Potala Palace" (which appears among the first few two-page-spread images lovingly reproduced in this fine retrospective volume) is, according to Rowell himself, one the great photos of his life. I remember seeing it years ago for the first time, and was then (as I still am now) simply in awe. It is a magnificent Wagnerian-like "epic" photograph; a perfect symbolic synergy of aesthetics and spiritual depth. It is also a quintessential example of Rowell's lifelong practice of participatory creation.
According to Rowell, this image was captured not long after a trekking group (consisting of about 15 people) that Rowell was a part of in Tibet was called to dinner.Read more ›
As an amateur photographer for 40+ years, I'm familiar with Rowell's work and techniques. To be candid, I find much of Rowell's work a bit unnatural. His mastery of the split neutral density filter, while undeniable, often resulted in many of his photos being a bit "over the top".
While I understand that such filters are sometimes needed to control the brightness range of certain scenes on film, they also sometimes tend to impart tonalities not found anywhere in nature.
The Singh Ray filters that Rowell used are said to be color-neutral. If that's true, I simply don't understand where some of those sky colors originated. I've used several different Kodachromes as well as Velvia and am familiar with those emulsions. Even Velvia's super-saturated colors don't really explain what's going on here.
That said, Rowell's photos are often mesmerizing. That Rowell knew his craft is obvious. One can easily become lost in the sometimes surreal worlds that Rowell could create. The reproductions are superb and the photos are presented here in sizes large enough to appreciate.
Anyone familiar with photography has to marvel at the sharpness of Rowell's handheld shots. How anyone could hang over an abyss and come away with such technically superb results is beyond belief. Yet, Rowell did it and did it consistently.
There are also shots that he obviously made from a tripod. In these, Rowell realized the full potential of his Nikkor lenses. Being familiar with Nikon lenses, the list of lenses that Rowell used came as a bit of a surprise.Read more ›
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LOVE Gelen Rowell ... Sorta sorry he's "passed beyond the veil," but ... truly believe he's in an even better place now. GREAT book.Published 5 months ago by tree
This book contains over 200 color photographs in a coffee table style book that anyone would be proud to own. Read morePublished 11 months ago by snake135
Nice coffee table book. Excellent images from an excellent photographer.Published 18 months ago by chuck8700
The best from the great master Galen Rowell. If you like outdoors photography, this book is a must.Published 22 months ago by Roy Calderon Villegas
Remarkable photography. Clean page layout. Sharp printing. Great value for the shutterbug friends who received them. They also came before the stated delivery date.Published on January 7, 2014 by BRUCE J. McDONALD
I bought this for a friend who was an avid outdoorsman, now trapped at home due to surgery. The pictures are great. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by Amazon Customer