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The Conquest of Everest

Original Photographs from the Legendary First Ascent

George Lowe, Huw Lewis-Jones

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A remarkable visual testimony that tells the inside story of the conquering of Everest and captures the drama of the expedition and the personalities of those involved

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Overview

On 29 May 1953 Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay stood on the summit of Mount Everest. Sixty years after that first ascent, the publication of this anniversary book celebrates the most majestic mountains, with exclusive access to the outstanding imagery and private archives of George Lowe, a key climber and photographer on that triumphant expedition.

The Conquest of Everest features a trove of original photographs - many hitherto unpublished - and other rare materials from the Lowe collection. Stunning landscapes, candid portraits and action shots illustrate the decisive moments of this historic expedition as never seen before, bringing a unique and personal perspective and a fresh sense of immediacy to this renowned event.

The extraordinary journey is retold from Lowe's point of view, including his first meeting with Hillary and thier earlier adventures together, as well as the challenges of the ascent itself, both the climbing and the photography, and the effect it had on all their lives. The result is a remarkable visual and intimate testimony that chronicles the story from inside and captures the drama of the expedition and the personalities of those involved.

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Reviews

'It’s what’s behind the myths that George Lowe’s camera captures so completely, and which makes this book such a great celebration of these ambitious mountaineers and their achievement.'
Traveller

'This book is an incredible homage to some of the bravest of men and gives a hugely emotional and historical insight into their different journeys and the friendships that formed throughout. The photography is a true step into their world and humbles you to behold it'
Photography Monthly

'The photographs are stunning and, in many cases, moving'
Financial Times

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Specifications

Format: Hardback

Size: 27.0 x 22.0 cm

Extent: 240 pp

Illustrations: 163

Publication date: 7 May 2013

ISBN: 9780500544235

Contents List

Foreword: Sir Edmund Hillary • Introduction: Sir Chris Bonington • 1: Because It Is There • 2: Cameraman on Everest • 3: Beyond the Summit • 4: Reflections by Reinhold Messner, Norbu Tenzing Norgay, Kenton Cool, Peter Hillary, Colin Monteath, Tom Hornbein, Stephen Venables, Doug Scott • Afterword: Jan Morris; Chart of the Ascent of Everest; Suggestions to Photographers

About the Author

Huw Lewis-Jones is former curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and National Maritime Museum. Among his other books are Arctic, Ocean Portraits, In Search of the South Pole, The Conquest of Everest, which won the History Award at the 2013 Banff Mountain Festival and Mountain Heroes.

George Lowe is a New Zealand-born mountaineer, explorer, film director and educator.

List of Contributors

Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Chris Bonington, Reinhold Messner, Norbu Tenzing Norgay, Kenton Cool, Peter Hillary, Colin Monteath, Tom Hornbein, Stephen Venables, Doug Scott, Jan Morris