Cover image for Summit : Vittorio Sella, mountaineer and photographer, the years 1879-1909
Summit : Vittorio Sella, mountaineer and photographer, the years 1879-1909
Sella, Vittorio, 1859-1943.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Aperture, [1999]

Physical Description:
143 pages, 2 unnumbered pages : illustrations, maps, portraits ; 31 cm
General Note:
"Exhibition schedule: Mount Holyoke College Art Museum, South Hadley, Massachusetts: January 25- March 10, 2000 ..."--P. [144].
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Weighted down by heavy, 19th-century camera equipment, mountaineer and photographer Sella climbed some of the world's most mysterious, perilous peaks and photographed them, many for the first time. The striking b&w photographs established groundbreaking scientific and documentary information which c

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Library Journal Review

This book is a careful reproduction of some of the best black-and-white landscape photography ever collectedÄthe work of Vittorio Sella. A courageous photographer and mountaineer, Sella climbed peaks on three continents to record stunning views at the top of the world; this book should make us grateful that he hauled heavy photography equipment on those ascents. The strength of this volume is its collection of images: tucked and rolling glaciers, unyielding mountains that seem to run in an infinite sequence from close to distant, and deep gaps full of the treachery of silence. The absolute clarity of the portraits demonstrates this climber's mastery of his medium. The images here look bold and contemporary: pure gatherings of white (snow), black (jagged peaks and ledges blocking sun), and various greys (clouds, shadows, and crevices). Ansel Adams's preface byÄwhich he wrote as an appreciation in 1939Äjoins with reverent essays by other Sella admirers who know enough to stand aside while the photographs earn their own silent appreciation. Recommended for public and academic libraries.ÄDavid Bryant, New Canaan P.L., NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

David BrowerAnsel AdamsGreg ChildPaul KallmesPaul KallmesPaul KallmesPaul KallmesPaul KallmesPaul KallmesWendy M. Watson
Forewordp. 5
Vittorio Sellap. 7
Under the Influence: Vittorio Sella and the Third Generation of Mountaineersp. 11
Chapter 1 The Alps, 1879-1895p. 15
Chapter 2 The Caucasus, Russia, 1889, 1890, 1896p. 37
Chapter 3 Mount Saint Elias, Alaska, 1897p. 51
Chapter 4 Kangchenjunga, Sikkim, and Nepal, 1899p. 65
Chapter 5 Ruwenzori, Uganda, 1906p. 85
Chapter 6 Karakoram, Western Himalayas, 1909p. 97
Picturing the Sublime: The Photographs of Vittorio Sellap. 125
Notesp. 138
Select Bibliographyp. 139
Timeline: The Life of Vittorio Sellap. 141
Acknowledgmentsp. 143