The Ski Journal Photobook

Post by blogger | March 21, 2012      
The latest: Volume Five, Number Four

The latest: Volume Five, Number Four

“The world’s highest-quality ski publication” brags The Ski Journal. Let them keep boasting, especially if they continue producing issues like the most recent “Photobook.”

Photos that draw you in, cause you to linger, lure you to dream about being there. Well crafted writing that makes you want to sit by the fire and read. Crisp print, luxuriously heavy paper, manufactured with green power. Everything is over the top.

Each page is a stunner, that is, after you get past Hell Bent on the inside cover (sorry K2, that ad campaign is the only thing I dislike about you).

Five iconic photographers are featured: Scott Markewitz, Fletcher Manley, Tero Repo, Dave Mossop and David Reddick. Equally entertaining are the profiles written by Leslie Anthony, Warren Miller, Jack Shaw, Mitchell Scott and Bob Story.

My favorite of the mix is Fletcher Manley’s caption for his magnificent, double page, black and white image, “Some of Europe’s classic mountaineering objectives – the Eiger, Monch, Jungfrau, and Wetterhorn – are clustered together in Switzerland’s Grindelwald region. I was eager to glimpse, and perhaps even document, these great mountains during my first visit there in 1967, but for five days, winter storms denied any such hope. Finally, while skiing back to the village on my last day there, clearing skies brought me to a halt when first this tree and then the Wetterhorn revealed themselves. “Being there” is the first rule of photography, and, to my surprise, there I was.”

Subscribe if you haven’t already. You’ll be as happy as the three smiling LD’s on page 96. (And yes, this sub is priced like a fine wine, but every sip will be savored.)


6 Responses to “The Ski Journal Photobook”

  1. brian h March 21st, 2012 9:26 am

    Ski Journal has re-set the bar, in my opinion, of what a ski mag can be. This photo book is the latest proof. I think that its evolving the medium like Sweetgrass and Sherpa cinema are evolving the ski film. The photo you mentioned has grabbed my eye every time I look through the book, which has been on the nightstand for two weeks…

  2. Lou March 21st, 2012 12:51 pm

    Brian, yeah, when web publishing first got going, lots of folks were wondering what would happen to print. Been interesting to watch, but one way it’s gone is to these high-quality “tactile” publications that are just a joy to nearly all the senses. They’re expensive to produce, perhaps not for everyone compared to the web, but definitely a contribution. The “pass around rate” must be enormous.

  3. brian h March 21st, 2012 2:46 pm

    It’s like Powder and Alpinist had a baby….With National Geographic as the crazy grampa…

  4. dan welch March 22nd, 2012 2:10 pm

    I like the fact that K2 skis are made in china.

  5. brian h March 22nd, 2012 2:45 pm

    So, at the risk of resurrecting the monster of many past threads, would you clarify that Dan?

  6. Peter W March 27th, 2012 10:59 am

    Great issue, as always, but did anyone else notice that several of the captions were misplaced/mis-numbered for the photos? and since they don’t run on the same page it made for some confusing reading lining up the photos’ stories with the correct images.

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