POLES APART. Parallel Visions of the Arctic and Antarctic. Text and photographs by Galen Rowell.

Berkeley: University of California Press, 1995. First edition. Hardcover. This copy is inscribed by the photographer on the front blank. Rowell, (1940-2002), and his wife, Barbara, tragically passed away during a plane crash near Bishop, California in 2002. In Poles Apart, Galen Rowell takes us on an exhilarating visual journey to the top and the bottom of the world, using his camera to reveal the fascinating differences in these polar opposites. In Part I, Rowell's side-by-side photographs highlight the contrasts between North and South. The photo essays of Part II continue the comparisons, developing such themes as Arctic and Antarctic science, polar bears and penguins, and visits to the North and South Poles. Part III provides detailed information on the story behind each photograph as well as technical data of interest to photographers. Galen Rowell is known for choosing subjects that, while beautiful, are unfamiliar to much of his audience. Yet his books enjoy wide appeal because he accurately focuses in images and words on the essential spirit that sets his subjects apart from the rest of the world. So it is with the distant lands and seas of the polar regions, which hold valuable lessons for all of us concerning evolution, geology, history, human endeavor, and the impact of human greed. No other vast areas of the earth remain as pristine, and for Rowell, the Arctic and Antarctic have become metaphors for those intangible elements that define the earth's wild places. In a world fast becoming a theme park of artificial experience, his book is an invitation to understand and appreciate what is real. A very good plus copy bound in blue cloth over boards in a very good solid dust jacket. Item #15410
ISBN: 0520201744

Price: $75.00

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