Photographer Jim Herrington speaks about his book "The Climbers" - Feb 6

Learn more about The Climbers, Herrington's 20-year project to document the legendary figures of climbing's "Golden Age" including Pacific Northwest climbers Fred Beckey, Jim Whittaker, Jim Wickwire, and Dee Molenaar.
Mountaineers Books Mountaineers Books
January 29, 2018

Join Mountaineers Books for an evening with renowned photographer Jim Herrington as he presents The Climbers, the culmination of his two-decades-long project to capture the mountaineering icons roughly the 1930s to 1970s who used primitive gear, along with their considerable wits, talent, and fortitude, to tackle unscaled peaks around the world. His book includes 60 intimate, black & white portraits of greats Reinhold Messner, Royal Robbins, Gwen Moffat, Tom Hornbein, Yvon Chouinard, and Pertemba Sherpa, among others. Published in October, 2017 by Mountaineers Books, The Climbers received both the Grand Prize and the Mountaineering History Award at the 2017 Banff Mountain Book Festival.

Free and open to the public, the event takes place on Tuesday, February 6  at 6:30pm at Vertical World Seattle. A book signing will immediately follow the presentation. The event is co-sponsored by The American Alpine Club, Cascade Section, Vertical World and Mountaineers Books.    

Jim's highly-engaging talk and slide show encapsulates his 35-year photography career including his work as a music and celebrity portrait photographer as well as the inspiring and captivating stories of the climbers he captured and their era.  Jim's  account of his unusual efforts to locate and arrive on the doorstep of these aging legends include anecdotes of despair, humor, and adventure.

About Jim Herrington

Over the past forty years, Jim Herrington has photographed scores of luminaries, including Benny Goodman, The Rolling Stones, Morgan Freeman, and Dolly Parton, as well as the iconic mountaineers found in The Climbers. Jim’s work has appeared on album covers, in international ad campaigns, and in magazines such as Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, Esquire, and GQ. His photography has been exhibited in solo and group gallery shows in New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., Nashville, Milwaukee, and Charlotte, and is in numerous private collections. He divides his time between New York City, Owens Valley, and Southern Europe. Learn more at

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