The art of the extreme |

The art of the extreme

Aspen Times Staff
Richard Walch's photograph of snowboarder Andreas Monsberger is featured in the Red Bull Illume Image Quest sports photography exhibit, opening with a ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 24. (Red Bull Hike&Ride/Richard Walch)

Aspen, CO ColoradoASPEN Extreme sports would never have taken hold as they have without appropriate documentation. Extreme photography has grown up alongside extreme sport; for every athlete we’ve seen shredding backcountry powder or ascending the highest terrain, there has been a photographer there to record the event. The Illume Image Quest, presented by Red Bull, presents the best work to come out of an international competition of action and adventure sports photography. The images – of snowboarders and skiers, cyclists and surfers – reveal that those behind the lens are often as bold and creative as those in front of it. Fifty images, from 45 photographers, are among the finalists competing for the top honor. The Illume exhibit opens Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. on the Little Nell run the base of Aspen Mountain, and runs through Feb. 4.The digitial photographs will be projected in a one-of-a-kind, nighttime exhibit in rows of what look like big, black boxes set up on ski slope. Staircases have been erected on the slope to ease access to the display.