It can be said that, if footsteps left a permanent mark, certain places on Earth would blacken many times over, while others would remain untouched. And then, in these remote places, we might see the occasional footprint left by a select few. These travelers are the subjects in renowned photographer Jim Herrington’s series “Legends of Climbing.”
An explorer in his own right, Herrington’s path has led him from the darkroom to a 15-year journey photographing many of the most legendary climbers in history, and finally to the walls of Hanson Dodge Creative. Just as light rays on film record the known versus the unknown, Herrington reveals the truths of these men, as well as the mysteries. Surely these adventurers have endured extremes – sometimes visible as wear on their skin, other times only hinted at within a gaze.
Of his own work, Herrington has said, “I just stay out of the way and let the subject speak.” But the evidence proves otherwise. Like his mentors before him — Irving Penn and Richard Avedon — Herrington has clearly left his mark on these kindred souls.
Herrington’s stunning photographs have been featured in Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, National Geographic, The New York Times and more.
The Musician Series
Herrington may be best known for his many portraits of immortal musicians, the likes of which include Keith Richards, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton. A selection of prints from this work will be on display as well.
Legends of Climbing
Hanson Dodge Creative
April 15 – July 15
Opening Reception: April 15, 5-9 pm
Call 414.347.1266 for a viewing.
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