The large-format photographs by Klaus Wengler not only show gorgeous landscapes and climbers at dizzying heights, as one would expect in such a picture book, but also the blistering of the climbers and the time-consuming preparation of each expedition. The size isn’t limited to a specific trip: it contains a colorful mixture of ice and glacier realms in Greenland and Russia as well as Guiana rainforests.
A critical look at the topic
The recordings are divided into ten chapters: Preparation, Departure, Landscape, Action, Denial, People, Waiting, Failure, Success, Return. Each section begins with an article by journalist Tom Dower, who puts the images in a larger context. He is watching with a critical eye, especially in connection with the past, when individual nations believed they had claims at summits. But mountaineers and climbers also wonder about today’s motives for setting out on expeditions. Is it excitement, compromise and hardship, or escape from everyday life?
Dauer shows all these aspects so vividly that even non-climbers cannot escape the magic. The black and white photos by Klaus Wengler, who have accompanied climbing expeditions for nearly two decades, are equally captivating. His experience is reflected in the recordings. The careful preparations as well as the efforts during the journey, the arduous waiting and the potential for failure, as well as the people he meets during this adventure are captured. You should not miss the stunning photos of distant landscapes – yet the people and their emotions remain in the memory.