Jim is an accomplished portrait photographer and mountain climber.
Nearly twenty years in the making, The Climbers by photographer Jim Herrington shares a stunning collection of portraits of icons in mountaineering — from Beckey, Cassin, and Diemberger to Messner, Robbins, and Wickwire, rugged individualists who, from roughly the 1920s to 1970s, used primitive gear along with their considerable wits, talent, and fortitude to tackle challenging climbs around the world.
In his foreword, climber Alex Honnold provides context for looking back at past achievements on rock, while writer Greg Child's personable and informative essay explores the history and accomplishments of both well-known and not-so-known climbers from this "Golden Age" of 20th century climbing. Yet it is Herrington's images-the result of his twin passions for climbing and photography-that pull us in, allow us to study the faces of these men and women who ascended bold, visionary lines, often in remote regions, far from the media spotlight. The portraits captured here reveal the utter humanity of obsession, determination, intellect, and, at times, frailty.
This one-of-a-kind collector's volume features a protective linen-covered slipcase; sixty original large-format, black-and-white photographs, all shot on analog film; and capsule biographies of each featured climber.
Jim Herrington’s photography has appeared on album covers, in international ad campaigns, and in magazines such as Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and GQ, and has been exhibited in solo and group gallery shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington, DC, and elsewhere. He began climbing in the 1970s and now divides his time between Owens Valley, California, New York City, and southern Europe.
For a sneak peek at Jim's portraits https://www.instagram.com/theclimbers_book/ Jim's photography book about the legends of 20th Century climbing is due out on Oct. 2017.
Published by Mountaineers Book