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 “Because It Is There”


AN EXHIBITION OF PHOTOGRAPHS JUNE 4th – AUGUST 30th 2003

Anniversary Exhibition of Historic Photographs of Mount Everest. Limited Edition prints for sale of 30 Photographs of Everest.

ATLAS GALLERY will be staging a photographic exhibition (4 June – 30 August) in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the ascent of Mount Everest. All images in the exhibition will be taken from The Royal Geographical Society Picture Library and all feature in the Society’s book ‘Everest: Summit of Achievement’. The prints include some of the most famous photographs ever taken of Mount Everest from the earliest expeditions to the mountain, to the successful ascent in 1953. Some of which will be on display for the first time.

copyright©Royal Geographical Society

One of the most iconic images of all time, that of Tenzing Norgay on the summit, taken by Sir Edmund Hillary, captures best the spirit of man’s quest to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain. This great image depicts the culmination of 30 years of attempted climbs. Earlier photographs, which document this period, such as those of and taken by Mallory and Irvine, evoke the struggle and hardships of the first attempts on the mountain by men equipped with barely more than tweed jackets and hob-nailed boots. It was George Leigh Mallory who explained man’s desire to attain the summit with the simple answer “Because it is there”. Mallory and his climbing partner Andrew Irvine vanished into the clouds just below the summit in 1924. Did they reach their goal before they died? We may never know.

Many outstanding photographers accompanied these early expeditions, men who were as comfortable with a camera as an ice-axe. It was these photographers, men such as Eric Shipton and John Noel, who were to unlock the route to the summit for future expeditions.

The photographs of the successful 1953 expedition are familiar to many. These, like the photographs of Shackleton in the Antarctic or Armstrong on the moon, are the images that define to us one of man’s greatest physical achievements.

A SELECTION OF THESE PHOTOGRAPHS WILL ALSO BE SHOWN AT THE ODEON LEICESTER SQUARE ON 29TH MAY AS PART OF THE EVEREST GALA CELEBRATIONS.

Atlas is in Marylebone, London:

49 Dorset Street

London

WIU 7NF

Entrance is free.

 

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