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Silver 2022 Book / Nature

Travels Across The Roof of The World: A Himalayan Memoir

  • Photographer
    William Frej
  • Agency / Studio
    William Frej Photography
  • Prize
    Silver in Book / Nature

This book captures the stunning high peaks and remote mountain ranges of Asia, as well as the living cultures and religious ceremonies in faraway regions of the Great Himalayan Range. The book's compelling color photography transports the viewer to largely inaccessible places of mountain grandeur and still-vibrant religious practice. William and Anne Frej chronicle these rich traditions and practices over 40 years of passionate exploration and 3,000 miles of walking. Not only does this book document the cultures of these mountain people, but also highlights the toll of environmental impacts.

I have been photographing indigenous peoples' culture and landscapes for over forty years. My work is represented in numerous public and private collections, and academic institutions throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia, including the Asia Pacific Museum in Warsaw, San Francisco Arts Commission, Dumbarton Oaks, Spanish Colonial Museum in Santa Fe and special collections at Yale, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Duke, Notre Dame and the University of New Mexico. My multi award-winning photo books, MAYA RUINS REVISITED and SEASONS OF CEREMONIES were published in October 2020 and October 2021.