Thursday, May 24 / 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Talk begins promptly at 7
At this Artist Talk, photographer Jim Herrington will present a slideshow and talk about his photography book The Climbers, the culmination of a two-decade project to track down and document the surviving legendary climbers of the early-to-mid 20th Century “Golden Age” of climbing. These are the men and women from around the world who were vertically active between the 1920s and 1970s and who were at the cutting edge of an activity mostly unknown to the general public of the time.
Jim’s presentation will begin with a brief encapsulation of his 35-year photography career, including his foray into the worlds of music and showbiz. He will move on to the climbers, detailing the inspiring and captivating stories of the climbers and their era, as well as describing his unusual efforts to locate and arrive on the doorstep of these aging legends. Jim will recount what it was like to step into these climber’s homes, their lives, and their history. The travels and travails he undertook to complete this far-flung project are not without anecdotes of despair, humor, and adventure. Jim will also discuss how he shot the entire book on silver nitrate, which remains his chosen method of taking pictures to this day.
The Climbers, published in October 2017, received both the Grand Prize and the Mountaineering History Award at the 2017 Banff Film & Book Festival. Jim will have copies of the book at this event, and will be signing them after his talk.