Magazine article Sunset

The Spirit and Vision of Galen Rowell

Magazine article Sunset

The Spirit and Vision of Galen Rowell

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Remembering photography that enriched the West

In the American West, where two waterfalls can marry to form a single stream, spirits congregate in clouds, a rising moon dwarfs a mere man, and Monument Valley inspires an awe approaching the religious, two photographers shared their lives and visions. Through their astonishing images, reproduced in books, posters, and prints, Galen Rowell and his wife, Barbara Cushman Rowell, brought the beauty of the West to admirers around the world.

The Rowells perished in a plane bringing them home to Bishop, California, on Sunday, August 11, 2002. This tragedy made us reflect on the Rowells' contributions to the region Sunset calls home.

His images have long appeared in this magazine-they formed the opening spread for "Sierra Summer" in June, and his photograph of Klamath Basin snow geese appears on page 108 of this issue. We highlighted his latest book, California the Beautiful. Spirit and Place, in September. Not only did the Berkeley, California-born Galen Rowell have an unmatched appreciation of the West, the unique perspective he brought as a world-renowned rock climber made him literally one of a kind. …

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