Winner of the Best Book — Mountain Image award at the Banff Mountain Book Festival, World Climbing: Images from the Edge is a visual celebration of modern technical climbing by one of the sport’s leading photographers, Simon Carter. Without Hollywood tricks or special effects, Carter gives readers a good, hard, honest look at modern climbing at it’s finest.
This extensive work features more than 90 climbers in action. Spanning 12 countries — Australia, Canada, Croatia, the Czech Republic, France, Italy, New Zealand, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand, the United Kingdom, and the U.S., each of the 29 climbing areas opens with an introduction highlighting its appealing details. This book covers climbing from its easiest to its hardest but above all its best.
World Climbing is an extraordinary photographic odyssey that is as inspirational as it is beautiful. Rich colour, unlikely perspectives, and dizzying heights combine to mesmerise spectators and transport them into another realm.
This is a high-quality coffee-table book with more than 230 colour photographs. It’s a great gift for anyone with an interest in climbing, photography, breathtaking imagery, or the outdoors.
192 pages, 280 x 250mm. Published in 2005 by Onsight Photography.
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“Every few years, a book of climbing photography appears which takes your breath away. This autumn saw the publication of a such a volume, World Climbing – Images From The Edge, by one of the world’s most gifted and committed climbing photographers, Simon Carter. Climber was lucky enough to get hold of a selected portfolio from the book, a personal and difficult choice for me to make from so many stunning images!”
– Bernard Newman, Editor, Climber Magazine (UK).
“Not just a gem of a book, but the whole jewellery shop. The dilemma with World Climbing is how to approach it. Do you look at one region at a time, savouring the flavour as you consider each image? Or do you look through it all at once, being blasted by amazing image after amazing image? I found myself taking the whole journey around the world, and being left with the feeling that climbing is a remarkable experience, and remarkably varied. And that feeling will be the same every time I open the book.” — Lincoln Hall, Editor, Outdoor Australia
“By its very nature, climbing photography is challenging: it’s one thing to compose a striking scene in flattering light, but to combine it perfectly with action that is as fast and fluid as climbing is quite another. With a fine eye, and I imagine, incredible patience and perseverance Carter has achieved this consistently throughout this book. His compositions are clean, powerful and artistic, whilst remaining authentic and natural and he captures moment after moment with absolute clarity.” – Mark Watson , Editor, The Climber Magazine (NZ).
“I just wanted to say thank you for the book, it is magnificent. I’ve actually bought it to send to my brother in Canada, and I was looking through it, and was blown away by the total composition of your photographs… they are quite simply… SPECTACULAR…. we don’t rock climb and we loved them…. Cam is going to go ballistic.. I hope you have a Very Merry Christmas….” – Sarah, mail-order customer.
“This would be hard to better as it works on so many levels. The pictures are superlative, and would be recognisable as works of art in any photographic context, but this too, as its title asserts, is a look at the cutting edge of world climbing and the folk who are keeping that edge razor-keen. So it’s a definitive book of its time, too.” – Audrey Salkeld, competition judge at the Banff Mountain Book Festival 2006.
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In the USA it is distributed by Wilderness Press and can be purchased directly from their web site.
In the UK it is distributed by Cordee and can also be purchased directly from their web site.