Silver / 2016 / Book / Nature

MATTERHORN: Portrait of a Mountain

  • Prize
    Silver in Book (Series Only)/Nature, Bronze in Book (Series Only)/Nature
  • Photographer
    Nenad Saljic

This is a photographic story about the Matterhorn (4,478 m), one of the world’s most magnificent and famous mountains. The book is a seven-year project completed in 2015 for the 150th anniversary of the first ascent by Edward Whymper and party, a kind of homage to all those who dare to reach higher.

Nenad Saljic, born 1961 in Croatia, is a photographic artist. After obtaining a PhD in Economics and spending 18 years in the world of business, he decided to dedicate himself to his art projects.

Trained as a mountaineer and caver in his youth, Saljic is inspired by his love of nature’s most ancient textures, forms and shapes. His black-and-white photography is a testament to his ability to capture nature’s essence, whether it’s award-winning portraits of the Matterhorn, or the awe-inspiring depths of the Dalmatian caves, revealing earth’s geological history.

His current projects include four artist books: Matterhorn: Portrait of a Mountain (completed), Petrified, which will showcase his explorations of the Dalmatian caves, Birth of a Ship, a photographic journal recording the reproduction of a traditional wooden boat, and Naked Mountains, in colour.

His work has received numerous major awards, it is exhibited internationally and is also included in various international collections. Recognised for his aesthetic, Saljic’s Matterhorn photograph was the choice of Louis Vuitton Men’s Fall/Winter 2013/14 Collection.

Saljic currently lives and works in Split, Croatia.