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HIGH ART | How climbing photographers get the shots that make us gasp

By Jonathan Thesenga

Keith Ladzinski

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"To get this photo of Joe Kinder climbing in Utah's Hurricave, my friend Seth Giles helped me haul up and place all the lighting equipment, which took about five hard hours."
—Keith Ladzinski

KEITH LADZINSKI | The Flash Master

"I was all about the cheap," Keith Ladzinski says of his first camera. "I used some lousy $200 income tax check and bought the camera from a pawnshop." Eventually he picked up some strobes too and set out to shoot his friends skateboarding around the streets of Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, Colorado.

After a couple of years of shadowing other skate photographers, Ladzinski lucked into his first official adventure assignment: shooting an ascent of Wyoming's Devil's Tower for a local magazine. "The photos were crap," he recalls. "Just butt shots and top-rope shots." The editors, however, loved them. [Continued on next page]


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