Telluride Mountainfilm: Keith Ladzinski, Gallery Walk & Film

Telluride Mountainfilm: Keith Ladzinski, Gallery Walk & Film

Telluride Mountainfilm, For information on the 2016 Gallery Walk, go here. For the full schedule, go here. Scroll down to the bottom of the story to watch a trailer of Keith Ladzinski’s film, “Poumaka.” 

Keith Ladzinski, photos and short at Telluride Mountainfilm.

Keith Ladzinski, photos and short at Telluride Mountainfilm.

To call Telluride Mountainfilm a film festival is less a misnomer than an understatement. Now celebrating 38 years, Mountainfilm includes, but is not limited to, films about mountain living and adventure, remarkable places, endangered peoples, and ideas. The catchall celebration also features breakfast talks, panel discussions, and book-signings and the Moving Mountains Symposium. But Mountainfilm’s official kick-off is the Gallery Walk, this year, Friday, May 27, 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at venues all around town.

Gallery Walk is a party with free drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The event features exhibitions of paintings, drawings, and photography such as that of Keith Ladzinski, recently assigned to clock the effects of climate change in national parks – the theme of this year’s symposium is our national parks – for National Geographic.

To look at a photograph is to enter into a relationship that allows us to learn about the photographers’ view of the world. (And through that relationship, we might learn something about ourselves.)

tents in snow

Keith’s view of the world?

Well, his luminous, award-winning work captures the mystery and beauty, suggesting a trail of dreams come true.

Per Nat Geo:

Photographer Keith Ladzinski refined his shooting skills as a skateboard photographer, using strobes to capture gravity-defying moves in urban areas. As he grew interested in adventure photography, he brought his off-camera flashes with him—something outdoor photographers were not doing at the time. This created a look that photo editors had never seen before and gave Ladzinski’s photography career a jump start.


From skateboard shooter, Keith evolved into a globally published, award-winning advertising and editorial photographer, director of photography, documentarian, and adventure sports filmmaker, whose work has taken him to the remote reaches of all seven continents: from the forests of South Africa to the beaches of Iceland.

The British Journal of Photography named Keith as among the top four adventure photographers in the world. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic and his editorial photography has appeared on the front page of the New York Times, Discover, Men’s Journal, Outside, ESPN, Runner’s World. In all, Keith created about 100 magazine covers.

Keith has provided director, director of photography, and camera services to Nat Geo TV, Oprah Winfrey Network, ABC, North Face, Red Bull, Mountain Hardware, and others.


He is also co-founder of 3 Strings Productions, an advertising and documentary production company specializing in authentic (read no bullshit, per their website) adventure stories – such as “Poumaka,” a short premiering at Mountainfilm 2016.

Per Mountainfilm:

Set in the wild jungle of Ua Pou, an island in French Polynesia, Poumaka is the epitome of adventure climbing — pain, suffering, unknowns, miserable weather and, ultimately, triumph.


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