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An ice axe, a camera, and a jar of peanut butter : a photographer's autobiography
1st ed.
Publication Information:
Seattle, WA : The Mountaineers, 1998.
Physical Description:
240 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm
For Ira Spring, adventuring anti-photography have always been inextricably intertwined. From early paddling trips with his family and his first camera (at age twelve), through almost seventy years of climbing and hiking, dozens of books, and a successful career as a photographer; Spring has been a role model for generations of climbers and conservationists. Heavily illustrated with his masterful photographs, this autobiography follows Ira, his camera, his trusty ice axe, and his trademark peanut butter sandwiches on adventures throughout the world.
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921 SP8
921 Spring, Ira 1998

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Library Journal Review

Spring is a man who has spent nearly seven decades doing exactly what he wanted to do: spending as much time as possible outdoors, taking pictures, researching and illustrating more than 35 hiking guides, and earning a reputation as one of the leading scenic photographers in the world. As a boy growing up in Washington State, Spring was introduced to the outdoors by his parents, and it was love at first sight. He describes his worldwide adventures in a chatty, casual style that will appeal to teens as well as adults, and the photographs that accompany the text attest to his skills. Even though he has roamed the globe in search of pictures, he freely admits that his first love is his home state. Spring's memoir will thrill anyone with a sense of wanderlust‘here is an author who is as adept with words as he is with a camera. Recommended for all public libraries.‘Joseph L. Carlson, Vandenberg Air Force Base Lib., Lompoc, CA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.