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glen denny

October 6, 2010

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these are some of my favorite pages from “yosemite in the sixties“, a book of stunning photographs by glen denny.

i picked up a copy last week at UNIS in NYC. they have large prints of some of these photos hanging in the shop right now, so if you are in the area, i highly recommend a visit to the shop to see them in person.

flipping through this book, you see an intimate portrait of a band of climbers at camp 4 in yosemite national park, which was essentially ground zero of rock climbing at that time. glen was able to capture both the small details of the climbers’ everyday lives, as well as a true sense of the their awe-inspiring surroundings and the feats they accomplished. saager, the UNIS sales manager, was telling me about an event they recently attended where glen talked about these guys from camp 4 – their intense experiences and the challenges they faced.  saager also said that these photographs were the inspiration behind the current UNIS collection. 

i think glen’s work is powerful, and it will be an inspiration to me for photographs in the coming months.

  1. Christophe permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:01 am

    Smashing book…surprised it hasn’t come up in conversation before given we always had a copy on hand in the shop. James actually tried to order some copies with little success sadly…glad you’re enjoying it mate.

  2. October 6, 2010 8:13 am

    i am in complete awe. and am further inspired to hit the climbing wall again.

  3. October 6, 2010 8:48 am

    nice find, brian.

  4. October 6, 2010 8:57 am

    Wow. Sending this link to that climber-husband of mine immediately. (He just got back from climbing in Yosemite last week!)

  5. October 6, 2010 11:37 am

    What beautiful photos, a real inspiration.

  6. October 6, 2010 12:59 pm

    looks like a great book! these pictures are worthy of an ahhh!

  7. October 6, 2010 4:07 pm

    that wall climbing picture gave me shivers.

  8. October 6, 2010 4:57 pm

    thanks for posting this! you’ve hit on another interest of mine: rock climbing.

  9. October 6, 2010 6:15 pm

    Stunning find, Brian. I love the portraits as well as the epic views. This makes me really excited about my goal to shoot a couple of roles of black & white this winter.

  10. October 6, 2010 6:51 pm

    looks amazing.
    i always love
    photography recommendations.
    i will check out UNIS
    when i am in nyc in
    a few weeks.
    i wonder what a book
    would look like.

  11. October 6, 2010 7:18 pm

    totes good.

  12. yankeemiss permalink
    October 6, 2010 8:44 pm

    Another amazing climber and photographer during that time and a little later is Galen Rowell. Look for his book, Retrospective.

  13. October 6, 2010 9:38 pm

    Stunning images, and I love his use of black and white.

  14. October 7, 2010 8:10 am

    this is one of my favorite books. the pictures are amazing. fun to see you referencing it,

  15. October 7, 2010 5:37 pm

    Thank you for this! Yosemite is one of my very favorite places on earth, and I adore seeing old photos of it … Especially photos of climbers … These are so beautiful.

  16. October 7, 2010 5:59 pm

    I saw this book a while back…at the Patatgonia store, I think? I was really taken with it and now you have me excited to look for it again.

    I love, love looking at old outdoorsy stuff—when people smoked and drank and made clever fixes and wore natural fibers and weren’t nearly as uptight as they are now.

  17. October 9, 2010 10:24 am

    wow. so inspiring. love it.

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