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KARAKORAM: ICE MOUNTAINS OF PAKISTAN [PHOTOGRAPHY] Colin Prior 2021 1st ed Hardcover DJ New Multiple copies available
By Prior, Colin, Essay by Mick Conefrey
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UK, 2021, 1st edition. 160 pp, 90 full color or duotone photos. 14'' x 11''. Large format hardcover with dust jacket, New.

The ice encrusted mountains of the Karakoram are among the worlds greatest natural treasures. At 8611 meters or 28,251 feet, the highest peak in the Karakoram, K2, is the second tallest mountain on earth. There are three other mountains in the range that top 8000 meters or 26,2450 feet; Gasherbrum I, Broad Peak and Gasherbrum II, with more than 60 peaks above 7000 meters or 22,970 feet.

Extending in a south-easterly direction from the north-eastern tip of Afghanistan and spanning the borders of Pakistan, India and China, the Karakoram is part of a complex of ranges in Central Asia that includes the Hindu Kush to the west and the Himalayas to the south-east. These mountains, however, are distinctive.

This is the most glaciated region on the planet outside the Arctic and Antarctic. But while most of the worlds great peaks are almost blanketed in snow and ice, the Karakoram is an exception: the mountains are so vertical that they rapidly shed snow, leaving their bold, jagged outlines of black granite glistening in the sun. The name of the range comes from the Turkic term for black rock or black gravel.

The well known landscape photographer Colin Prior was initially inspired to visit the Karakoram in his early twenties: in his local library he picked up the book In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods by the American climber and photographer Galen Rowell, and was instantly captivated by images of the sharp, fractured peaks and vast glaciers.

Prior's first trip to the Karakoram came in the mid 1990s, and he has been passionate about these mountains ever since. Priors new book is the result of six expeditions he has made to the Gilgit and Baltistan region of north-east Pakistan between 2010 and 2020. Because the region is so remote, there are no established base camps, and each expedition requires careful planning and miles of trekking with a large team of guides, porters and ponies to carry the equipment and provisions.

There are regular rock falls and perilous snow covered crevasses to contend with. The reward for Prior is what he calls the ultimate mountain landscape: The scenery is graphic, with towers, minarets and cathedrals of rock. This beautifully produced volume showcases the breathtaking beauty of the Karakoram in some 90 color and duotone photographs.

The images are largely arranged to follow Priors progress up the glaciers, and are accompanied by well-chosen quotations from accounts of historical expeditions to the region. A selection of making of images at the end of the book highlights the challenges of documenting the most exceptional mountain range in the world.

This is one of the first high quality photography books devoted to the spectacular Karakoram Mountains of Pakistan. Features 90 spellbinding duotone and color images by the celebrated landscape photographer Colin Prior, who has spent years documenting the range

With an essay by the award-winning climbing author and film-maker Mick Conefrey

Due to the size and weight of this book we will request extra postage for Priority Mail or International Mail.

 

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