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Sixty years after Magnum Photos co-founder George Rodger first drove a Land Rover nearly 13 000km through the Sahara Desert, the two brands have partnered on the second in a series of photographic works, titled ‘Ultimate Vistas’.
Land Rover and acclaimed Magnum photographer Michael Christopher Brown have revealed a set of stunning landscape photos taken from unique vantage points in North America, reached using the refinement and capability of a Range Rover.
In the second of the ‘Ultimate Vistas’ series, Land Rover worked closely with the world-renowned photos agency to showcase some of the most beautiful landscapes in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States.
From behind the wheel of the Range Rover, photographer Michael explored the urban and more remote parts, seeking the best spots from which to shoot remarkable photographs. Using the unparalleled capability of the luxury SUV, Michael drove through snow at the peak of volcanoes, crossed sand dunes to reach coastal vantage points and climbed rocky hillsides for privileged access to incredible vistas.
The trip started in Portland, Oregon and headed north into Washington State, with the crew climbing the active volcanoes of Mount St Helens, Mount Rainier and Mount Baker. It’s nearly 40 years since the Mount St Helens volcano erupted, taking 57 lives and destroying hundreds of kilometres of forest, bridges and homes. The volcano has been dormant for 10 years, but is still classed as active.
The entire expedition was completed in a production Range Rover 5.0-litre V8 Supercharged with 375kW, which transported Michael, his crew and all their equipment.
Michael’s work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and National
Geographic. His ability to capture insightful images of critical moments with just an iPhone has recently led to his involvement with the social platforms of Time and The New York Times.
An avid traveller, Michael has produced bodies of work about Libya and the Congo, and was the first journalist into Cuba following the lift of US trade embargoes in winter 2015.