Huw Lewis-Jones: George Lowe and the Conquest of Everest

Huw Lewis-Jones: George Lowe and the Conquest of Everest

Monday 12 May 2014, 6:00pm—8:00pm

Photographer and explorer George Lowe accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on the famous 1953 ascent of Everest, stopping just short of the summit. Huw Lewis-Jones worked with Lowe on a book of the photographs from the expedition, 'The Conquest of Everest: Original Photographs from the Legendary First Ascent' and will present a stunning slide show with images from the book and commentary, including excerpts from the letters George Lowe sent home. This will be a stunning event.

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Photographer and explorer George Lowe accompanied Sir Edmund Hillary on the famous 1953 ascent of Everest, stopping just short of the summit. He carried with him his Kodak Retina II, which he deposited in his sleeping bag overnight to keep it warm. Huw Lewis-Jones worked with Lowe on a book of the photographs from the expedition, 'The Conquest of Everest: Original Photographs from the Legendary First Ascent' and will present a stunning slide show with images from the book and commentary, including excerpts from the letters George Lowe sent home.

Huw Lewis-Jones is a British historian, editor, broadcaster and art director. Formerly historian and Curator of Art at the Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge, Dr Lewis-Jones is now an award-winning author, with titles such as 'Arctic', 'Ocean Portraits', 'In Search of the South Pole', 'The Lifeboat' 'Mountain Heroes' and 'The Conquest of Everest', which recently won the Mountaineering History Award at the Banff Festival. Currently he is director of his own publishing company, Polarworld.

The Press Christchurch Writers Festival presents this special event in partnership with Auckland Writers Festival.

Charles Luney Auditorium, St Margaret's College
Christchurch, New Zealand

Address: 12 Winchester St
Christchurch
Canterbury