Ski Journal Photo Book is a Winner

Post by blogger | January 29, 2010      
Climber on the Ski Journal cover.

Ski Journal cover honors the climb. I love it.

I’m always psyched when my copy of The Ski Journal arrives. But the best one is always their photo issue. They call it their “Photo Book,” and they theme it one way or another each year. This time, they’ve divided the photos up by some regions: Alaska, Kootenays, Appalachia, Alps, Andes. The images are a super mix of ski action, lifestyle shots, portraits, climbing shots, and scenics. Lots of black&white as well. Really really well done, highly evolved photography. If you can get your hands on a copy I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

As a web publisher, I still contend that high quality large-format publishing of awesome photos is the only truly viable niche for ink on paper (and even that is subject to change as electronic readers evolve). Ski Journal embraces ink on paper, and delivers the product in high style.

Oh, BTW, the cover shot is your classic climbing image through the legs and down the hill. Yeah, a cliche, but somehow this one still invokes my emotion. Perhaps it’s the skis on the guy’s back, but seeing the cramponed foot at upper left is key to the composition. Overall, WildSnow three thumbs up!


6 Responses to “Ski Journal Photo Book is a Winner”

  1. Sky January 29th, 2010 11:26 am

    Congrats to Jason Hummel on the cover shot! Should I get credit since I was breaking trail for those slouches?

  2. Lou January 29th, 2010 11:29 am

    Sky, that’s great! I knew that guys legs looked tired. They should pay you. Or at least a comp subscription?

  3. Sky January 29th, 2010 11:33 am

    Sounds good to me, Lou.

  4. Njord January 29th, 2010 1:43 pm

    Interestingly enough, “magazines” are actually called “books” in the “magazine” industry…

  5. Silas Wild January 29th, 2010 6:42 pm

    Jason does superb photos. Look for more at: Glad his is getting recognized for all his hard work.

  6. Jason Hummel January 31st, 2010 10:44 am

    That was a really fun climb and I’m glad Sky busted track up that day. I’d have never gone that far before heading back home.

    Anyhow, Lou, I’m glad you like the photo.

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