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Book Publishing: After 19 Years, Jim Herrington Publishes The Climbers

March 14, 2018

By David Walker

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Chuck Pratt (1939-2000) made the first ascents of several of Yosemite’s biggest walls. Jim Herrington says he was trying to avoid glamorizing the climbers, and show them as they are now that “the footlights have gone out,” and they’ve had time to reflect on their lives.

The veteran celebrity portrait photographer explains how he finally turned a two-decade personal project making portraits of the world’s most legendary climbers into a photo book. PDN: How did you start this project? Jim Herrington: Everything I’m into, I tend to be into the history and the legends. I’m a climber, and the Sierra Nevada [mountains] are my home range...

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