Galen Rowell Gets the Tribute He Deserves

After Galen Rowell died in an airplane crash in 2002, I made a mistake I’ve been regretting ever since. We were close to finishing an issue of American Photo when we got the news that Galen, one of the greatest landscape, nature, and adventure photographers of our time, had been killed in a small plane near his home in Bishop, California. I decided we had to run a tribute in the issue we were closing, but we only had one page in which to do it. We got our little story in, but I knew immediately

After Galen Rowell died in an airplane crash in 2002, I made a mistake I've been regretting ever since. We were close to finishing an issue of American Photo when we got the news that Galen, one of the greatest landscape, nature, and adventure photographers of our time, had been killed in a small plane near his home in Bishop, California. I decided we had to run a tribute in the issue we were closing, but we only had one page in which to do it. We got our little story in, but I knew immediately it wasn't enough. I should have killed another story and given more to Galen. Several readers wrote in to tell me the same thing. Now, thankfully, he's getting the recognition he deserves with a new book from Sierra Club Books.

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