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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.

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