The Alpine Landscapes of Ray Atkeson

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The Alpine Landscapes of Ray Atkeson
Ray Atkeson, ‘Mount Baker Washington From the Top of Table Mountain, circa 1960’
The Alpine Landscapes of Ray Atkeson

Lugging a heavy 4x5 camera through the mountains in the days before the invention of the chairlift, Ray Atkeson can be regarded as a truly intrepid photographer, intent on bring the splendour and exhilaration of the sublime alpine landscape to the public’s attention. As his wife, Doris, has said ‘his greatest joy was sharing the beauty of these places with people who couldn’t go there’.

Hollywood’s endorsement of snow sports made Atkeson’s work particularly sought after and it was published in National Geographic, Life, Sports Illustrated, Saturday Evening Post and Reader’s Digest. Atkeson’s photographs from the period capture the glamour of the early winter sports scene and resound with a sense of the excitement and danger that accompanied its rise in popularity.

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