Fields Publishing of North Truro, Cape Cod, MA is pleased to announce

Himalayan Portfolios:

  Journeys of the Imagination


Kenneth Hanson

The 11x 13 ½ deluxe edition, 109 black-and-white duotone photographs and 190 pages, includes an 11x 46 fold-out panorama of the Biafo Glacier and maps to introduce the separate portfolios. The photographs were taken on twelve Himalayan trips between 1986 and 2005 using an old fashioned 4x5 Toyo view camera mounted on a sturdy wooden tripod. Foreword by Greg Mortenson, co-author of the New York Times best seller, Three Cups of Tea; One Man's Mission to Promote Peace…One School at a Time; author of Stones into Schools, also a best seller; founder of the nonprofit Central Asia Institute.

The book includes an essay that examines the place of photography in the Himalayan experience. The essay is concerned with the presence of Himalayan Buddhism, the evolution of mountaineering and with the mountain sublime. The Himalayas are an emblem of the ultimate challenge and the final passage between life and death. Noted mountaineer Doug Chabot has provided a foreword to the essay that describes the ideals of alpine-style mountaineering.

A donation of $5 from the sale of each book will go to the Central Asia Institute which promotes community based education and literary programs, especially for girls, in remote mountain regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan (web site:

List Price $85

Ken Hanson's photographs "bring joy down from the mountains." Greg Mortenson

2009 Banff Mountain Book Festival Finalist;  
Category, Mountain Image 
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Ben Franklin Award

Silver award winner of the Benjamin Franklin Award, May 2009.  See Events and Blog (June 2)


ISBN-13 978-0-9790597-0-4
ISBN-10 0-9790597-0-4

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  Cover Photograph: Towards Dhaulagiri
Pg. 2
    Front Image: Dhaulagiri North Face; Morning Light  
    Foreword and Introduction
Part I, Photographs:
Each portfolio has a two-page introduction with maps

Portfolio 1

Mountains of Kashmir (The Karakoram, Ladakh)


Portfolio 2

The Hidden Realm (Dolpo, Western Nepal)  


Portfolio 3

Mountains about the Great Cleft of the Kali Gandaki


Portfolio 4

The Remoteness of Everest (Nepal and Tibet)


Portfolio 5

Five Treasuries of Great Snow (Kangchenjunga)

  After Image: Gyamtso-La, Tibet
PART II: Comments and Reflections
  Doug Chabot: Go Light. Keep It Simple. Be Bold.
  Kenneth Hanson: Uncertain Boundaries—Singular Destinations
      The Necessary Journey
      High Pass & Secret Realm
      Nature & Nature's God
      The Hand of Empire
      The Mountaineers
      A matter of Life and Death
      The Camera & the Journey
  The Structure of Mountains



This web site was created in connection with a solo exhibit at the Jorgensen Gallery, University of Connecticut, Storrs, January–March, 2002. The show was held in conjunction with an exhibit, The Mystical Arts of Tibet, at the University William Benton Museum.  The site does not reproduce the sequence of photographs in the exhibit, but it preserves their general grouping. Photographs from subsequent trips have been added, but the book includes some photographs not on the website.
All Photographs on this website are Copyright Kenneth Hanson.
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