We noted in January that famed mountaineer, photographer, and cartographer Bradford Washburn had died at age 96. If you want to read a passionate recounting of his life, pick up the April 2007 issue of National Geographic Adventure magazine. The article about Washburn is by David Roberts, a writer and mountaineer who knew Washburn well. (Roberts wrote about Washburn in 1983 for American Photographer magazine.)
Washburn’s images are superbly reproduced in the issue. (Seen here: Washburn’s s 1955 photo of a bush plane in front of Alaska’s Mount Dickey.) With all his other accomplishments, it is easy to forget about the breathtaking detail light Washburn captured with his large aerial cameras. Someday the art market will discover him.