High & Wild: Essays and Photographs on Wilderness Adventure
Galen Rowell’s last book
An adventuresome spirit.
On Sunday August 11, 2002 while returning to their Bishop home from a three month circumnavigation of the Bering Sea, world-renowned author & photographer Galen Rowell and his wife Barbara died in an airplane crash while descending into Bishop, CA. Prior to his tragic death, Galen was editing his most recent and final book, a very special expanded edition entitled, High & Wild: Essays and Photographs on Wilderness Adventure. High & Wild is Galen’s tribute to the beauty of the world’s wild places. With an introduction by close friend Robert Redford, High & Wild takes us on a journey of twenty-three of Galen’s greatest mountain adventures. He describes his “firsts” in Yosemite, the Himalaya, Patagonia, Alaska, the Cirque of the Unclimbables, and the American Southwest.
Taking photographs began as a way to share his high and wild world with friends and family. In 1972 he became a full-time photographer and in less than a year later he completed his first major magazine assignment: a cover story for National Geographic. Galen began climbing mountains at the age of 10 and by age 60 he had completed more than 40 expeditions on all seven continents and to both poles. Galen also made more than a hundred first ascents in Yosemite and the High Sierra.
Since 1986, he has written a popular monthly column for Outdoor Photographer Magazine, he has been featured in Life & Outside Magazines and in 1992 he received a National Science Foundation Artists and Writers Grant to photograph Antarctica. Galen traveled to many exotic locations, including to a National Geographic assignment in Pakistan to cover the highest war in history where he was flown throughout the Himalaya as a guest of President Zia. He has also been the guest of the Dalai Lama numerous times. His photographs have been exhibited in both domestic and international venues including the Smithsonian, the International Center of Photography and the Ansel Adams Gallery.
Galen was an extraordinary man. His last book will undoubtedly become a Collector’s tribute to not only Galen the man, but to Galen, the pioneer photographer. It’s his best ever. According to the Washington Post, “Galen Rowell may be the foremost practitioner of that hybrid art, photojournalism.” With the mobility allowed by 35mm equipment, he turned his own active participation into a hidden fourth dimension that made his work come alive.
Galen touched many lives around the world, and through his final book, High & Wild we get the privilege to view his work and life experiences one last time.