Photographer’s Library: Galen Rowell
I’m not entirely sure where to start with this one. This will be a multiple review, as I do own quite a few (5) of Galen Rowell’s books.
Galen Avery Rowell (August 23, 1940 – August 11, 2002) was a wilderness photographer, adventure photojournalist, and climber. He tragically died aged 61, with his wife Barbara in a plane crash in California. Galen was the most famous outdoor photographer in the world, regularly shooting features for National Geographic during a life spent travelling in remote countries around the world.
I will start by saying that Galen Rowell’s work influenced me a lot. When I started to take landscape photography more seriously, he was one of the first photographers I looked up to. His pictures shot on Velvia 50 inspired me to start using Fujifilm Velvia 50 slide film.
A Retrospective is the biggest of all the Rowells book I own so I will start with this. It is a very nice book and probably the best starter for somebody who would like to explore Galen’s work.A Retrospective includes more than 175 images representing all phases and dimensions of Rowell’s singular career, chosen by the editors with whom he worked most closely, overseen by his family and studio colleagues, and reproduced to the highest standards of lithography from digital masters of his 35mm frames. I personally love this book and returning to it for inspiration very often. If you want to own a Galen Rowell’s book this is the one to have.
I bought mine from here: Galen Rowell: A Retrospective
Mountain Light (In search of Dynamic Landscape)
Inner game of Outdoor photography
If you interested to read this book you can buy it here: Galen Rowell’s Inner Game of Outdoor Photography
Galen Rowell’s Vision and The Art of Adventure
Those two books are smaller than previous three books I have talked about.
The Art of Photography is full of magnificent photos. The text is minimal, it gives you just enough to appreciate the lengths to which the photographer has gone to bring us those shots. It will make a great present to ay landscape photographer.
Get your copy of the book here: The Art of Adventure
Galen Rowell’s Vision, on the other hand, is a much more wordy book. There is a lot more text than photos. Same as in the Inner Game of Outdoor photography, this book is a compilation of texts which Rowell did for various magazines. I would say if you own Inner Game.you can give this book a miss. But the quality of the text and pictures is amazing so I would recommend the book nevertheless.
You can buy this book on Amazon: Galen Rowell’s Vision
To conclude this review I would say that if you don’t have Rowell’s book go ahead and buy one. Galen Rowell is truly one of the masters of landscape photography and you will be inspired. If I have to choose one book, I would go for Mountain Light.This book has everything: amazing photos and great text.
Although above books are aimed for film photographers, there is a lot to learn for digital shooters.Chapters about preparation, composition are universal and I can guarantee that you that everytime you open the book you will learn something new…..
What is your favourite photo book? Leave us a note below.
My previous book review is here.