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Travels to the Edge: A Photo Odyssey is a companion book to Art Wolfe’s television show, Travels to the Edge. It contains a fantastic selection of the photographs Art created during the filming of the show, along with a small description of each image and of the general region in which the photograph was created.
I absolutely loved the television program, and have spent hours watching and re-watching the episodes. As I’ve mentioned before, Art Wolfe is one of my favorite living photographers and someone in whom I find enormous amounts of inspiration. When I received this book as a gift I began a re-watch of the series, this time paging through the book as I watched the show. I enjoy seeing the photographs in print as I watch him create them on screen.
During the filming of Travels to the Edge, Art Wolfe and his crew travelled all over the world, learning about and photographing remote cultures, wildlife, and scenery, capturing images of sights that may one day disappear. This book is a record of those travels and experiences. It contains an amazing diversity of culture and wildlife as well as sweeping and intimidate landscapes.
The book is organized by specific locations where the show was filmed. Each section starts with a brief description of that location and what sorts of experiences the crew had while filming that area. Following this are a number of photographs from each region, most of which will be familiar to you if you’ve seen the show. At the end of the book is a Photographer’s Field Notes section that lists the technical details of each photograph, such as focal length, shutter speed, aperture, and the equipment used to create the photograph (camera, lens, tripod, etc).
Travels to the Edge: A Photo Odyssey is a great portfolio of work that represents Art Wolfe very well. I think it can be enjoyed whether or not you have watched the television show. It’s also a great book for those of you who want to see the world without traveling to each of these locations. Sit back in a comfortable chair and spend some time with this great collection of images. And by all means, check out the show, as well. I have the entire series on DVD (yes, I’m old school).