In Conversation


In conversation: A Life Spent in the Landscape

Grand Hotel, Cabaret Room, Sunday 18th July 2021, 2:00pm
Ticket Price: £15.00 (+ Booking Fee)

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Chaired by Kane Cunningham, In conversation will explore through their experiences of living and working in the landscape, the motivations, achievements and ambitions behind one of the country’s most successful and respected landscape photographers and one of the country’s most successful and respected mountaineers – who also happen to be close friends. What drives a person to seek the company of the wild above friendship and family? Is it to earn a living or is there some deeper inner desire and drive to pit oneself against the elements and the challenges of nature in all its force, unpredictability, majesty and sublime splendour? Kane Cunningham aims to find out!

About the panel

Joe Cornish’s obsession with photography started as a fine art student. After graduating in 1980 he worked as an assistant in Washington DC and then in London before becoming a full-time photographer in 1984. As travel and commercial printing boomed during this period Joe became an innovator in colour travel and landscape photography, contributing to numerous books, book covers, magazines and articles. He also starting a freelance working relationship with the National Trust that has continued over thirty years.

Moving to North Yorkshire in 1993 allowed him to develop his landscape practice, which in turn led to a publishing and gallery business, still running today and now based in Northallerton.

Books have continued to be the core of Joe’s working output and several titles he has written and photographed are widely sought after, including First Light, Scotland’s Coast, and Scotland’s Mountains.

He has served as a judge of Landscape Photographer of the Year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year and hosted several Understanding Photography events at the Natural History Museum. An honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, Joe pioneered the new landscape category for the Society, and is currently Chair of the Landscape Distinctions Group.

He helped Tim Parkin start the online website, Onlandscape, and lectures widely on landscape photography throughout the UK.

Joe is a Trustee of the North York Moors National Park Trust. A keen walker and dedicated environmentalist his work is increasingly dedicated to drawing attention to the beauty and vulnerability of the natural world.

Alan Hinkes OBE is an English high-altitude mountaineer from Northallerton in North Yorkshire. He is the first and remains the only British mountaineer to have summited all 14 mountains in the world with elevations greater than 8,000 metres (26,247 ft), known as the eight-thousanders, when he summited Kangchenjunga on 30 May 2005, aged 50 years and 34 days.

No other British mountaineer has yet claimed this. It was first achieved by Reinhold Messner in 1986 (all without oxygen), and two decades later, Hinkes was only the 13th person to have claimed the feat, days after US climber Ed Viesturs became the 12th person on 22 May 2005.

Hinkes took 26 attempts to climb the 14 eight-thousanders (not counting his ascent of Shishapangma Central (West) in 1990), giving a first attempt success rate of circa 54%. Hinkes spent 21 years on his “Challenge 8000,” starting with his ascent of Shishapangma in September 1987, and ending with his ascent of Kangchenjunga in May 2005. Hinkes is recorded as summiting Mount Everest on 19 May 1996.

Kane Cunningham (chair) is a former lecturer with 35 years of working in Art Schools. He retired in 2017 to become a full-time landscape painter. He is perhaps best known for his House Project which attracted international attention as an environmental artwork.