For his solo exhibition, Tim Remick photographed emotionally and physically ravaged mountain climbers. He captured them mere moments after they stumbled into Mt. McKinley’s base camp, still raw from the grueling experience.
The large-format portraits are nearly 5 feet tall, heightening the drama of every hard-won blister and wrinkle, every haunted eye and guarded grimace. “I really wanted to have a single frame at the end of the experience that caught the exhaustion, the adrenaline, the emotion,” said the Anchorage artist. “The goal was to summarize the whole climb with a single image.”
A climber himself, Remick’s own 2002 McKinley summit attempt was thwarted by stormy weather. But knowing the mountain firsthand, he knew the moment he wanted to capture would be lost by the time the climbers flew to Talkeetna. So he set up at base camp with a large format 4x5 camera for several weeks during the 2008 and 2010 climbing seasons.
The resulting 20 photographs in AFTER: Portraits from Denali offer startling physical evidence of the journey’s toll. Through these images Remick reflects on the passage of time and mortality, while also celebrating the human capacity to endure.
“The photos are direct, detailed and instantly descriptive, providing a compelling narrative for a place and an activity that few experience,” said Chief Curator Julie Decker.
A former middle school science teacher, Remick earned a master’s degree in photography from Savannah (Ga.) College of Art and Design in 2009. He is an adjunct photography professor at the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University.
This exhibition is presented as part of the Patricia B. Wolf Solo Exhibition Series. The Anchorage Museum is grateful to the Alaska State Council on the Arts; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Municipality of Anchorage; and the Anchorage Museum Foundation’s Alaska Airlines Silver Anniversary Fund for ongoing support of the museum’s important solo exhibition series.