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Free eBook Everest Pioneer: The Photographs of Captain John Noel download ISBN: 0750932783
Author: Sandra Noel
Publisher: The History Press; UK ed. edition (December 25, 2003)
Language: English
Pages: 176
Category: Art and workmanship
Subcategory: Photography and Video
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Considering how important Captain Noel was in documenting and promoting (where are his movies today?) these early efforts to conquer Mount Everest, this book is a little disappointing. 7 people found this helpful.

His father, Col. Edward Noel (1852–1917), was the younger son of Charles Noel, 2nd Earl of Gainsborough. Born in Newton Abbot, Devon, England, Noel was educated in Switzerland, where he fell in love with the mountains, and at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He was baptised Baptist Lucius and added the name John by deed poll in 1908

His 1922 film, taken with his cine camera, was such a public success that he was invited to return to Everest in 1924. Written by Noel's daughter, the book suffers the same lack of objectivity that most biographies do when written by close friends or family members, (and I'm thinking here of Duff Hart-Davis' sycophantic Peter Fleming). But that doesn't make it bad by any means.

Everest Pioneer The Photographs of Captain John Noel.

Everest Pioneer : The Photographs of Captain John Noel. By (author) Sandra Noel.

The mountain lay in a country rarely seen by westerners, and had never before been climbed. Hidden behind the barrier of the Himalayas, it had retained an almost medieval character.

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Noel, Sandra, Everest pioneer: the photographs of Captain John Noel (2003). Walt Unsworth, Everest (2000). How to Shoot with a Revolver, London: Forster Groom, 1918.

Sandra Noel, from Wye near Ashford, Kent, has based her book on photographs taken by her father .

Sandra Noel, from Wye near Ashford, Kent, has based her book on photographs taken by her father, Captain John Noel. Mr Noel was the official photographer for George Mallory and Andrew "Sandy" Irvine's attempt to reach the summit of Everest almost 80 years ago. Ms Noel's book, Everest Pioneer - The Photographs of Captain John Noel, reproduces images captured on glass slides by her father, who carried pioneering photographic equipment up the slopes.

In 1919, Captain John Noel, a 29-year-old Army officer, suggested, during a presentation of his expeditions to Tibet, that an attempt should be made to climb Mount Everest. The mountain lay in a country rarely seen by westerners, and had never before been climbed. Hidden behind the barrier of the Himalayas, it had retained an almost medieval character.

Taking up his suggestion, the Mount Everest Committee was formed, under the leadership of Francis Younghusband. Due to Army commitments, Noel was unable to accompany the first Reconnaissance Expedition in 1921, but on the two pioneering expedition of 1922 and 1924, Noel was the official photographer. Watching the climbers' brave attempts in hazardous conditions to achieve the summit of the mountain the Tibetans knew as 'Chomolumga', Goddess Mother of the World, he was also witness to Mallory's and Irvine's doomed ascent along the northern precipice, and captured the last haunting images of the two men.

This book draws together his work for the first time. Stunning images capture the drama and tragedy of the expeditions - the first to venture upon the highest mountain on earth - the landscape's extraordinary beauty and the life of the people who inhabited one of the remotest regions on earth. Mothers coat their children in butter to protect them from the cold; men are shown in traditional dress, their pendant earrings defining their rank; nomad shepherds stand beside their yak-hair encampment. On the world's highest mountain, the climbers are seen edging along a dangerous precipice, relaxing at camp, sitting triumphant en route to the roof of the world, and searching in vain for their lost companions.

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Ariseym
I have to agree with the other reviewer in being a little disappointed with this book. I generally don't like to review books negatively (if I don't like them I usually simply don't review them), but I had such high hopes for this volume. I am in the midst of reading Wade Davis' superb Into the Silence and bought this as a complement. What bothered me more than the lazy picture captioning and the reversed printing (one of a pair of images of the same scene on facing pages is reversed -- but which one?) was the almost hagiographic tone of the text. I realize that the authors are a relative of Noel's and a longtime admirer, so I should to be sympathetic.

I will rate this 4 stars for the historic photos from the tail end of the Heroic Era of exploration and 2 stars for the uninspired text. Final grade: 3 stars, probably worth buying if you have a special interest in early Everest exploration.
Shadowbourne
I've read many books about the British expeditions of the 1920's and 1930's, so I've seen many of the pictures in this book already.

Several pictures are actually printed reversed and some captions are factually incorrect. Somebody with actual knowledge of mountaineering history should proof read the book's second edition.

Considering how important Captain Noel was in documenting and promoting (where are his movies today?) these early efforts to conquer Mount Everest, this book is a little disappointing.