Review - Escapes: Dream roads of the alps
by Stefan Bogner
This is a book I never expected to be printed. A book made up entirely of photographs, of mostly empty, alpine roads. A few paragraphs of text, in German, and that's it.
In this day and age of lower print sales, we can thank the popularity of the niche in publishing for this book. Back when print runs were for best sellers this would have never been made.
Stefan Bogner runs a design agency and has a series of German language magazines called 'Curves', focusing on alpine passes in different countries. Escapes is like the best of 'Curves'.
Stefan's photography has become very popular and with clients such as Porsche making much use of it, he has gone on to do more books and videos.
This is a large coffee table book of 224 pages, featuring colour and black and white photographs in single and double page spreads. Stefan's colour work has a slightly desaturated film style, that while not to everyone's taste, does work well on many of the passes.
If you have driven any of the passes and stop to take a photograph, you will marvel at the angles and views Stefan has achieved. Many are shot from a helicopter, the perfect tool for work on this scale.
It's a great book, with a weighty feel and high-quality paper. If you have a fascination for the mountains or passes this is a one-off book, yet to be emulated, and worth a place on your coffee table.
Included with the book are elevation profiles and maps of the routes in a separate booklet. The passes featured are:
- San Bernadino
- Great St Bernard pass
- Col d´Izoard
- Col du Galibier
- Col de la Croix de Fer
- Col de la Bonette
- Stilfser Joch
Publisher: Delius Klasing Vlg Gmbh (17 Sept. 2012)