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.
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
Atlas is in
49 Dorset Street
Entrance is free.