The Conquest of Everest: Original Photographs from the Legendary First Ascent
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The Conquest of Everest: Original Photographs from the Legendary First Ascent

by George Lowe, Huw Lewis-Jones
     
 

Celebrating the first ascent of Mount Everest in May 1953 with exclusive access to the remarkable imagery and private archives of legendary climber and photographer George Lowe, who accompanied Hillary and Norgay on that first triumphant expedition
Published to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest, this visually spectacular book

Overview

Celebrating the first ascent of Mount Everest in May 1953 with exclusive access to the remarkable imagery and private archives of legendary climber and photographer George Lowe, who accompanied Hillary and Norgay on that first triumphant expedition
Published to mark the sixtieth anniversary of the conquest of Mount Everest, this visually spectacular book features a trove of original photographs and other rare materials from the George Lowe collection, many unpublished, complemented by classic images from the final ascent. Stunning landscapes, candid portraits, and action shots describe the day-by-day moments of the historic expedition as never before.
The extraordinary journey is retold from Lowe’s point of view, capturing the drama of the expedition and the personal stories of those involved. In addition, earlier attempts at climbing the world’s highest mountain and key later ascents are described. The book also includes contributions from an impressive team of mountaineers and explorers, including Reinhold Messner, Sir Chris Bonington, the late Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter Hillary, Doug Scott, Stephen Venables, Norbu Tenzing Norgay, Tom Hornbein, Kenton Cool, and Jan Morris.
Not only the anniversary of the first successful ascent, 2013 also marks fifty years since the first American ascent and the epic first ascent of the West Ridge.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This beautiful volume commemorates the 60th anniversary of Sir Edmund Hillary's 1953 Everest expedition, when he became the first man to scale the world's highest mountain. Historian of exploration Lewis-Jones produced a text as stunning as the pictures provided by Lowe—Hillary's lifelong friend and climbing partner, and the photographer during that ascent. The story is movingly recounted from Lowe and Hillary's accidental first meeting as two New Zealanders enthralled by mountains. Every emotion is plumbed, from joy to fear to self-sacrifice, in an amazing tale of a company of climbers whose unflagging support of each other resulted in a successful quest for fame and glory. Lowe shares the story, but other notable figures and mountaineering legends chime in with an eclectic array of reflections—including the son of Tenzing Norgay, the Sherpa who took the summit with Hillary, who offers memories from his father. The story is riveting and the photographs are unparalleled—particularly a color spread of a sunset with the moon in the background, and another of two men crossing a frightening crevasse bridged by a narrow log—but nearly every shot is a manifestation of an extraordinary undertaking. 167 illus. (May)
Four Seasons Magazine
“Documents the journey through rare and previously unpublished photographs.”
Atlas Obscura
“These photographs [give] a candid look back on this historic expedition, which . . . remains an incredible feat into the thin air.”
Choice
“This handsomely published work provides a visual account of one of the most significant accomplishments in the history of mountaineering. . . . Though Lowe is seldom credited for the significant role he played as a climber and talented photographer on the expedition, his photographs—both black-and-white and color—provide the dramatic illustrations of the ascent. . . . Recommended.”
Entertainment Weekly
“These images were shot by the photographer who climbed with Hillary and Norgay on their famous ascent.”
Woman Around Town
“All the drama and excitement is captured.”
Longitude
“Huw Lewis-Jones brings together the remarkable imagery and rare materials from the private archives of legendary climber and photographer George Lowe.”
Library Journal
Lewis-Jones (Arctic) clarifies in his prolog that this book was originally intended to mark the 50th anniversary of the 1953 Everest ascent, but there were delays. The foreword by Edmund Hillary, a 2007 tribute to his friend George Lowe, is one of the last pieces Hillary wrote. Lowe was the expedition's "cine cameraman." This coffee-table book is not just a treasury of Lowe's photographs; it introduces readers fully to this "forgotten man of Everest." The bulk of the text is Lowe's memoir of his life as it relates to that expedition, with "portfolios" of his photographs, many not previously published, between the chapters. Lowe, who was the last surviving member of the expedition (he died last month), writes of his first encounters with fellow New Zealander Hillary as they climbed together in the years before being chosen for the expedition: 13 men (plus "an army of Sherpa") tasked with putting the two of them on the summit. A final chapter contains "Reflections" by others, including sons of Tenzing and of Hillary. Jan Morris, who as correspondent for the Times was attached to the expedition, provides the epilog. VERDICT Essential for all Everest collections as one of the expedition's last primary sources and a deserved testament to Lowe's contributions. He proves himself, as Jan Morris puts it, "a man of sweet charm and courtesy."—Margaret Heilbrun, Library Journal

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780500544235
Publisher:
Thames & Hudson
Publication date:
05/15/2013
Edition description:
Anniversar
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
1,109,823
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 10.70(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author

George Lowe was a New Zealand born explorer, mountaineer, photographer and filmmaker. His stunning photographs of the first ascent of Everest were published in 2013 by Thames & Hudson in The Conquest of Everest.

Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian of exploration and an award-winning author.

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