Katie Lee, one of the Southwest’s greatest environmental advocates, spent countless days tromping around Glen Canyon with friends before it was dammed in 1966 and thereafter covered by Lake Powell. These nude photographs of Lee, taken by Martin D. Koehler (now deceased) during October of 1957, show her in the sensual environment of the canyon.
In Person: Katie Lee
As part of his photo work documenting Sherpa climbers for National Geographic magazine, Aaron Huey collected pictures from the Sherpas’ summits. Courtesy of the climbers and their families, these photos are often exhibited in places of distinction in their homes to honor these strong, skilled and courageous men.
In Person: Aaron Huey
Debra Bloomfield’s large color photographs are subdued, minimal views of wooded wilderness lands. Her project — which suggests the way the wilderness feels, rather than how it appears — shows subtle variations within motifs of water, sky, birds, trees and mountains.
In Person: Debra Bloomfield
Carter Brooks presents installations that incorporate steel rigging and large blocks of ice that transform in front of your eyes. These pieces are worth revisiting throughout the weekend to see how they change as the ice melts, much like our planet.
In Person: Carter Brooks
Big cats are struggling to survive across the globe. Working to bring awareness to their plight is National Geographic's Steve Winter whose images of these majestic felines are hanging around town.
In Person: Steve Winter
Sewers and underground waterways rarely look beautiful, but through the eyes of urban explorer Steve Duncan (A Beautiful Waste), these photographs are positively shimmering.
In Person: Steve Duncan
In Person: Eugenie Frerichs
Eugénie Frerichs, a former Telluride resident (and Mountainfilm employee), integrates a deep study of wilderness into her work. Part of this series, “Men in Trees,” was shot in Telluride. In addition to her exhibition, look for her on the streets throughout the weekend in a roving performance piece called “The Gospel According to John Muir.”
Filmmaker Chris Hanson (Scrapple and North Slope, Alaska) was sent to film on Alaska’s North Slope for the popular TV show “Ice Road Truckers.” During his free time, he captured images of the stunning Northern Lights.
In Person: Chris Hanson
Photographer and filmmaker Ben Knight and producer Matt Stoecker, carved out some time to take photos of the beautiful river environments they encountered while filming (DamNation).
In Person: Ben Knight
In Person: Gary Lang
Although a painter, words were always in Gary Lang’s mind’s eye so he began to incorporate them into his work. As he says, "Words are powerful. They make you cry. They give you hope. I didn't realize they were the doors to worlds." While in Telluride, he has created new pieces inspired by the alpine world that is so different from his home in Ojai, California.
Jenni Lowe-Anker returns to the Gallery Walk with paintings from the Himalaya. Lowe-Anker’s repeated trips to the region with her husband Conrad Anker have produced a series that illustrates the interaction between these forbidding mountains and the indigenous wildlife that thrives there.
In Person: Jennifer Lowe-Anker
Hunter Metcalfe specializes in old-style tintype photographs. Throughout the four-day weekend, he’ll photograph alpinists to expand his exhibit. Please return again to appreciate the growing collection.
In Person: Hunter Metcalf
Klaus Pichler was walking by a museum in Vienna when he peered into a basement window. What he saw there — an office with a desk, computer, shelves and a stuffed antelope — made him wonder what museums were like behind the scenes and inspired this funny and thoughtful photo series titled “Skeletons in the Closet.”
In Person: Klaus Pichler
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC YOUNG EXPLORERS
View the work of several National Geographic Young Explorers: Annie Agnone, Devlin Gandy, Jeffrey Kerby and Amber Valenti.
In Person: Annie AgnoneDevlin GandyJeffrey KerbyAmber Valenti
Reza’s photographs from international conflicts and human rights hotspots around the world have appeared primarily in National Geographic. But he is not just a photographer; his belief in the deep and abiding power of photojournalism led him to start photography classes in troubled areas that need activist storytelling. Reza will speak about his work Reza will speak about his work at the Palm on Saturday.
In Person: Reza
Thom Ross’s paintings take viewers back to a time when alpinists summited in hobnail boots and wool pants. His angular paintings capture a remarkable age of discovery and tell the story of men driven to explore.
In Person: Thom Ross
Florian Schulz’s wildlife photography has appeared in the Smithsonian and American Museum of Natural History. He hopes to inspire people to protect endangered ecosystems and wilderness areas through his strong conservation vision.
In Person: Florian Schulz
Maggie Taylor, who designed the 2014 Mountainfilm festival poster, creates whimsical photomontages that have been described as a contemporary exploration of surrealism. Her works has been featured at international exhibitions, collected privately and are captured in books published by Adobe Press and Modernbook Editions.
In Person: Maggie Taylor
Jerry Uelsmann — whose work is in the permanent collections of museums around the world, including MOMA and the Metropolitan Museum of Art — shattered the boundaries of photography decades ago. Using multiple images, his experiments in the darkroom have created a body of fantastical work that is remarkable in vision and scope.
In Person: Jerry Uelsmann
Nevada Wier has traveled the world, capturing ethnographic photography that has appeared in National Geographic and Outside magazine. She returns to Mountainfilm with a starkly different series of color infrared images, which give her subjects an otherworldly feel and encourage viewers to see the world differently.
In Person: Nevada Wier