Experience the infinite varieties of snow in the Alps through the lens of famed Austrian landscape photographer Peter Mathis.
Renowned for his gorgeous mountain scenes and spectacular photos of winter athletes, Peter Mathis has chosen black and white film to capture the essence of snow in this book. These stunning duotone images render a traditional Alpen landscape into painterly canvases that are in turns otherworldly, sensuous, haunting, and heavenly. Skiers’ tracks zig and zag through the powder and windswept waves of snow undulate like desert sand. Impeccably reproduced in large, full-bleed format, these images showcase an enormous palette, from the deepest black to the most immaculate white, and every imaginable tone in between. Mathis’ texts recall the instances of each shot, many of which require days of trekking through mountains with nearly fifty pounds of equipment strapped to his back. Reminiscent of the works of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, Mathis’s photographs perfectly evoke the biting cold, blazing sun, deep shadows, and blinding lights that make the Alps a uniquely beautiful landscape and snow a powerful force of nature.
Peter Mathis is a sports and landscape photographer. He is the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2007 Hasselblad Master Prize and the 2008 Master of European Photography Prize. He lives in Hohenems, Austria.
Tom Dauer is a journalist, filmmaker, producer, and author based in southern Germany, near the Alps. An avid mountaineer, he regularly writes for National Geographic Magazine and other outdoor publications. He was recently awarded the Austrian Film Award for his co-directed movie Streif: »One Hell of a Ride«.