I’m extremely honored and humbled to be picked as one of the five film judges on the jury of the 2018 Banff Mountain Film Festival. My eyes will be bleeding after watching 70 films but I'm very much looking forward to it.
During these dates at the Banff Centre for Arts there will also be an exhibit of prints from my book The Climbers. More info to come.
Sunday, July 22, 2pm
Known more for his portraits of music legends such as Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson and the Rolling Stones, for 20 years Jim Herrington traveled around the world documenting a different kind of legend.
Jim Herrington will present his new photography book The Climbers, the culmination of a two-decade project to track down and document the surviving legendary climbers of the early-to-mid 20th Century ‘Golden Age’ of climbing. These are the men and women from around the world who were vertically active between the 1920s and 1970s and who were at the cutting edge of an activity mostly unknown to the general public of the time.
Jim’s talk and slide show will begin with a brief encapsulation of his 35-year photography career, including his foray into the worlds of music and showbiz. He will move on to the climbers, detailing the stories of the climbers and their era as well as describing his unusual efforts to locate and arrive on the doorstep of these aging legends. The travels and travails he undertook to complete this far-flung project are not without anecdotes of despair, humor and adventure.
What is it like to be 98 years old and to look back at an uncompromising life spent in the “useless” quest of first ascents, usually far from home and hearth? The momentum and vigor of youth is not an ideal recipe for introspection, but one’s final years certainly suffice. Herrington learned as much about himself as he did his subjects during the project – the cost and reward of obsession and how to live in the present.
Herrington will recount what it was like to step into these climber’s homes, their lives, and their history. Seemingly time-traveling from the classic mountaineering literature he devoured as a young boy into the living rooms of these aging legends, this is his rogue’s gallery, a sampling of, and an ode to, an era.
The Climbers, published in October 2017, received both the Grand Prize at the 2017 Banff Film & Book Festival.
For 40+ years The Light Factory has been the place in Charlotte to see great photography, take workshops and rent darkrooms. I'll be doing a talk and slideshow about my book The Climbers in their gallery space on May 24th starting at 6:30pm. There will be wine.
More info: http://lightfactory.org/jim-herrington/
Sheffield Institute of Arts warmly welcomes Jim as he looks back on a long career of photographing artists, writers, musicians, movie stars. Jim has recently completed an epic 20 year project to document rock stars of a very different type: the climbers who forged the history of climbing and mountaineering from the 1920s to the 1970s. This started out as a personal project and has evolved into an award winning book that stands as a record of the history of a golden era.
We will be asking Jim how he made his start as a photographer. He will be offering his perspective on how the business has changed over the length of his career and what has sustained him creatively throughout his working life.
Talk, slideshow, Q&A and book signing at the Alpine Club in London.
"Jim is a renowned photographer who for nearly two decades has been working on a portrait series of early-to-mid 20th Century mountain climbing legends. The result is The Climbers, a collection of sixty black-and-white photographs that document these rugged individualists, including the likes of Royal Robbins, Reinhold Messner, Joe Brown, Yvon Chouinard and Riccardo Cassin. Between the 1920s and 1970s these determined men and women used primitive gear along with their considerable wits, talent, and fortitude to tackle unscaled peaks around the world. In these images, Herrington has captured their humanity, obsession, intellect, and frailty. The book, published in October 2017, received both the Grand Prize and the Mountaineering History Award at the 2017 Book Festival."
I'll be doing a talk and slideshow about my book The Climbers in the Clark Room at the Explorers Club in NYC.
Cocktails at 6pm and I begin talking at 7pm.
Q&A and book signing after.
More info here:
The Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival has scheduled a double-header at the Centennial Theater in Vancouver.. It starts with my talk and slideshow about The Climbers, followed by a book-signing intermission, then a screening of the well-worth-seeing and award winning documentary Dirtbag about the most prolific North American climber ever, Fred Beckey, who also appears in my book.
Tomorrow night in Seattle, 6pm, I'll talk and show pictures from my book The Climbers. Come early and have a drink to steel your nerves for ink-black tales of art, obsession, and being on the other side of something. Punctuated with light floral notes.
Q&A and book signing too.
I will be doing a talk, slideshow and book signing at Vertical World in Seattle, along the pristine shores of Salmon Bay.
Talk, slide presentation, Q&A and book signing for The Climbers at the Wallace Stegner Center in Salt Lake City.
Talk, slideshow, Q&A and book signing at The King's English Bookstore in Salt Lake City
The UK book launch for The Climbers at the Kendal Mountain Festival in fabulous Kendal, Cumbria.
Held in the, I'm hoping, aptly named Malt Room at the Brewery Arts Centre.
I'll be doing a talk, slide show and book signing at Rock and Snow.
Rock and Snow has been a New Paltz, NY climbing institution since 1970. New Paltz is situated right underneath the Shawangunk Mountains and is 90 miles north of New York City, on the west side of the Hudson River.
Talk and slide presentation for The Climbers.