Ian Parnell

Ian describes his approach as “photography from the front line”. The front line here is far from the edge of the studio lights, up into the heights of the Himalayas, or the depths of cold of the Patagonian winter. One of Britain’s leading alpinists and twice nominated for the Piolet D’Or, Ian has made significant ascents in the Himalayas, Alaska, Kyrygyzstan, Greenland and Patagonia. Fellow alpinist Andy Kirkpatrick describes Ian’s approach “There’s been times when I’ve seen Ian trim his gear to the minimum, chucking out his sleeping bag just to squeeze in more camera equipment. The fact that he’s willing to suffer for his art means he brings back photos that few others can”.

Ian has worked with many of the world leaders in the outdoor industry including Adidas, Black Diamond, Crux, Lightwave, Mountain Equipment, Mountain Hardwear, The North Face, Osprey, Patagonia, Rab Equipment and Wild Country. His images have been published in the Mail on Sunday, Independent on Sunday, Living Well Magazine, Men's Health and Men's Fitness with lead articles for Alpinist (USA), Rock and Ice (USA), Gripped (Canada), Rock and Snow (Japan), Campo Base (Spain), Montagnes (France), and On the Edge, High and Climber (All UK). Ian’s work has also been published in books written by Reinhold Messner, Alex Huber, Sean Isaac and Neil Gresham as well as being cameraman on the film Cold Haul which is available on DVD.