Galen Rowell (1940-2002)

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Galen Rowell (1940-2002) — один из наиболее знаменитых в Соединенных Штатах альпинистов и фотографов дикой природы. Он получил ряд престижных наград, его фотографии публиковались в таких журналах как «Life», «National Geographic», «Outdoor Photographer», «Sports Illustrated». Роувелл издал около 20 фотоальбомов и книг посвященных фотографии. Кроме этого он вел активную преподавательскую деятельность. Отношение к его фотографиям двоякое: с одной стороны, его называли «Анселем Адамсом цветной фотографии», с другой — упрекали за чрезмерную «открыточность» его работ.

He was very well-known as a photographer, and pioneered the art of adventure photography: Ansel Adams considered Rowell to be his most likely successor, and he was often referred to as the Ansel Adams of color photography. He won the Ansel Adams award for wilderness photography in 1984. He had numerous photographic assignments for Life, National Geographic Magazine, Outdoor Photographer, and various other publications. Rowell was also a highly regarded writer on subjects ranging from photography, humanitarian and environmental issues, human visual cognition, and mountaineering, publishing numerous magazine articles and eighteen books in his lifetime. His In the Throne Room of the Mountain Gods (1977) is considered a classic of mountaineering literature, and his 1986 book Mountain Light: In Search of the Dynamic Landscape is one of the best selling how-to photo books of all time.

Rowell conceived a technical approach of extending the dynamic range of film. He developed a graduated gradient neutral density filter and had them produced by a filter manufacturer. They were sold under his name and became a standard for improving the dynamic range of film.

Rowell was killed in a plane crash near the Inyo County Airport in Bishop, California on the 11th of August, 2002. He was returning from a photography workshop in Alaska.