Photographs from the Edge: A Master Photographer's Insights on Capturing an Extraordinary World

Photographs from the Edge: A Master Photographer's Insights on Capturing an Extraordinary World

by Art Wolfe, Rob Sheppard


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Legendary nature photographer Art Wolfe presents an intimate, behind-the-scenes guide to the experiences, decisions, and methods that helped him capture images from some of the most exciting locations across the globe.

In Photographs from the Edge, you'll discover the secrets behind forty years of awe-inspiring photography from around the world. Wolfe takes you from the mountains of the Himalayas to the sandy shores of Mnemba Island, with stops in the crowded streets of India and the alkali lakes of Africa along the way. You’ll learn the equipment, settings, and creative choices behind each photograph. From endangered species to cultural celebrations to natural wonders, Wolfe brings each subject to life through his stunning photography and the stories he shares in this one-of-a-kind photo safari.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781607747819
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 09/20/2016
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 637,921
Product dimensions: 7.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

ART WOLFE’s photographs are recognized throughout the world for their mastery of color, composition, and perspective. He is a recipient of the Photographic Society of America’s Progress Medal, the coveted Alfred Eisenstaedt Magazine Photography Award, and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the North American Nature Photography Association. Wolfe’s award-winning television series, Art Wolfe’s Travels to the Edge, airs on PBS stations throughout the country and worldwide. He is a popular educator and speaker for such companies as Microsoft, IBM, and Sheraton Hotels, and is the author of many books, including The New Art of Photographing Nature and The Art of the Photograph. For more information, visit

ROB SHEPPARD is the author/photographer of more than forty books, as well as a well-known public speaker, an accomplished photography instructor, and a fellow with the North American Nature Photography Association. He was formerly the longtime editor of Outdoor Photographer magazine, where he is presently editor-at-large. He resides in
Lomita, California. Visit him at

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Table of Contents

Preface Rob Sheppard 1

Introduction Art Wolfe 4

1980s 9

Arctic Fox 11

Ultima Thule Everest Expedition 13

Yak Train 17

Villager 17

Wall Mural 19

Moai 21

Mount Everest and Nuptse 23

Ama Dablam 25

Agricultural Tapestry 29

Andean Farm 29

Boats 31

Rising Mist 33

1990s 35

Elk Shadows 37

Polar Bears 39

Polar Bears in Snowstorm 41

Herders 43

Beluga Whale 45

Emperor Penguins 47

Indiana Bats in Hibernation 49

Dani 51

Lesser Flamingos 53

Cape Buffalo 55

Upper Xingu Indians 59

Kuikuro Man 59

Simbu Dancers 61

Deer Dancers 63

Grinnell Point 65

Les Aiguilles and Lac Blanc 67

Southern Cross 69

Iceberg 71

King Penguins in Snowstorm 75

King Penguin Chick 75

Giant Panda 77

Tiger Eye 79

2000s 81

Spiritual Journey 83

Full Moon over Summit Vent 87

Volcanic Burst 87

Cape Buffalo Flee Lions 89

Spotted Hyena 91

Lions 93

Aurora Borealis 95

Humpback Whale 92

Elk Herd 99

Lava 101

Rickshaw Round-Up 105

Rickshaw Drivers Wait for Fares 105

Workers 107

New Year's Celebrations 111

Monks and Unfurled Thangka 111

Monks Rise from Prayer 115

Monks Debate 115

Kecak 117

Holi 121

Lions Stalk Buffalo 123

James's Flamingos 125

Flock of Lesser Flamingos 129

Hippopotamus amidst Flamingos 129

Black Bear and Cubs 131

Fighting Brown Bears 133

Surma Donga Fighters 135

Oustalet's Chameleon 137

Sifakas 139

Succulent Forest and the Milky Way 141

Aerial, Lake Natron 143

Weddell Seal 145

King Penguins 147

Tigers Feed on Sambar Kill 149

Cowboys 151

Vodun Fire Ceremony 153

Dogon Shaman 155

Dogon Village 157

Villagers Wash Sheep 159

Fin Whale 161

Horse Race, Naadam Festival 165

Saddle and Athletic Shoes 165

Huangshan 169

Karst Spire 169

Adelie Penguin 171

2010s 173

Monks Cross the Irrawaddy River 175

Prayer Flags Stream at Tsechu 179

Tsechu Gathering 179

Sadhus at Kumbh Mela 183

Haridwar Ghats, Site of the Kumbh 183

Woman with Marigolds 185

Graveyard 187

Street Scene 189

Ganga Aartl 191

Restaurant 193

Lion Mother and Cubs 195

Beach Scene 197

Cape Agulhas 199

Brown Bear Sow and Cubs 203

Brown Bear Cub at Attention 203

Lake Detail 205

Bengal Tiger 207

Pilgrims at Kumbh Mela 209

Mahouts Parade Painted Elephants 211

Pilgrims in Tent City 213

Istiqlai Mosque 215

Monks at Lessons 217

Canyon Wall Reflection 219

Bald-Headed Uakari 221

Amazon River Dolphins 223

Leopard Siblings 227

Leopard Family 227

Elephant Startles Lion at Waterhole 231

Elephant Herd Converges on Waterhole 231

Impala at Waterhole 233

Dead Elephant Visited by Herd Members and Lions 237

Jackals Swarm Dead Elephant 237

Maasai Men 239

Maasai Villagers Prepare for Emorata Ceremony 241

Meghwal Women Gather around Fire 243

Theyyam Dancers 245

Blue Courtyard 247

Sweatshop 249

Dhobi Ghat 251

Goat on Scooter 253

Bison 255

Bighorn Sheep 257

Snow Leopard and Cubs 259

Deer Dancers, Likir Monastery 261

Asaro Mudmen 263

Bald Eagle Takes Flight 265

Sea Otter and Pup 267

Rufous Hummingbird and Chick 269

Milky Way over Mount Rainier and Little Tahoma 271

Lion and Cubs Photographed Remotely 273

BarSarbunga Volcano 275

Green Sea Turtle Hatchling 277

Conclusion 278

Credits 278

Index 279

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