The Art of Climbing: Climbing Photography Book

The Art of Climbing: Climbing Photography Book

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There aren’t many sports in the world that lead people to places as incredible as those encountered through climbing. Walls, cliffs, overhangs, and peculiar formations can be found almost anywhere on Earth, and every rock is specific and unique, offering particular climbing. Who knew landscapes around rocks could be so diverse? Even after many years of climbing and traveling, it still makes sense to journey to new places, because you’ll inevitably find something completely different and new. I am sure that photography plays an enormous role in inspiring new generations of climbers to take their first steps into the vertical world—to try an activity that might seem bizarre and pointless to many. Why climb to the top of a rock when you could simply walk to the peak from the other side?

Simon Carter is a climber, as passionate as any I’ve met. His photography captures his love for the sport, showcasing why climbing is among the most awesome activities on Earth, and bringing you to many of the world’s best destinations. The images in this book embody the very essence of climbing, the spirit of adventure and freedom, that will inevitably prompt readers to think about their next trip. Of course, The Art of Climbing reveals the best possible climbing, too. And there is no better person for the job. Simon comes from a generation of climbers for whom freedom and adventure were way more important than they are today.

Simon’s shots are as diverse as climbing photos can be. They capture so many different environments—from Australian sandstone to European limestone and African granite. Simon has journeyed across the world and now, in his photography, offers us captivating views of some true wonders of nature. Through the images in this book, you can travel with him and climb with the athletes in his pictures. Let your imagination get to work, and dream.

It is important to have books like The Art of Climbing, especially in today’s digital world. So really hold the paper pages, slow down, and admire what nature has created. But also take the time to appreciate the art of capturing each image at exactly the right moment. I have spent countless hours of my life staring at climbing photos. I don’t think it’s made me a better climber, but it has certainly made me a more passionate climber. And often, on the climb, it is passion and spirit that actually get you to the top.

—Adam Ondra

Excerpted from THE ART OF CLIMBING, by Simon Carter

© 2024 Thames & Hudson Ltd, London

Text © 2024 Adam Ondra

Reprinted by permission of Thames & Hudson Inc, www.thamesandhudsonusa.com

Man and woman climb steep rocky cliff beside waterfall in Australia.
Sarah Rose Williams (leading) and Jacques Beaudoin on Don’t Wet Yourself (23/5.11) with Katooomba Falls behind, on the Katoomba Cliffs in the Blue Mountains, NSW, Australia.

Chris Sharma attempts pitch four of his mega multi-pitch project at Mont-Rebei, Spain.
Chris Sharma attempts pitch four of his mega multi-pitch project at Mont-Rebei, Spain. (Photo: Simon Carter)

Ashlee Hendy (leading) and Elizabeth Chong on pitch two of The Man Who Sold the World (25/5.11d), Grampians, Victoria, Australia.
Ashlee Hendy (leading) and Elizabeth Chong on pitch two of The Man Who Sold the World (25/5.11d), Grampians, Victoria, Australia. (Photo: Simon Carter)

Monique Forestier leading pitch two of the Free Route (25/5.11d) on the Totem Pole: an extraordinary 65-meter dolerite column at Cape Hauy, Tasmania, Australia.
Monique Forestier leading pitch two of the Free Route (25/5.11d) on the Totem Pole: an extraordinary 65-meter dolerite column at Cape Hauy, Tasmania, Australia. (Photo: Simon Carter)
Steve McClure balances up The Very Big and the Very Small (8c/5.14b), Rainbow Slab, Llanberis Slate Quarries, Wales, UK.
Steve McClure balances up The Very Big and the Very Small (8c/5.14b), Rainbow Slab, Llanberis Slate Quarries, Wales, UK. (Photo: Simon Carter)
Cover of new climbing photography book called The Art of Climbing.
(Photo: Courtesy of Thames & Hudson)

You can purchase The Art of Climbing here.

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