Book Recommendation: ICE At the Ends of the Earth

I’ve known Ira Meyer for over a decade now, and for most of that time I’ve had the privilege of receiving Ira’s annual holiday letter, recapping the year that had past and looking forward to the year that lay ahead. Many–well, most–of those updates included details about trips to Antarctica, and Ira would be kind enough to share a few favorite photos from those trips.

Now, I’m happy to say, Ira has assembled a beautiful book that features the images from his many trips to Antarctica and the Arctic. And what a beautiful book it is! To me it truly does justice to the amazing icy landscape of these mystical places. From icebergs to mountain landscapes, penguins to polar bears, Ira has captured beautiful photographs of intriguing subjects, and assembled them in a book that is a treat for the eyes.

The book is called ICE At the Ends of the Earth, and it is a softcover book with 176 pages featuring 150 color photographs. The foreword was written by Jean-Michel Cousteau, the explorer, environmentalist, educator, and film producer who is the son of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau.

IraMeyer Iceburgs

I should emphasize that the book does not focus exclusively on ice, but rather on subjects in locations dominated by ice. So, for example, you’ll find playful photos of penguins included in the book, such as this image:

IraMeyer Penguins

You’ll also find dramatic landscapes that focus on the land and the light more than the snow and ice, such as this photo:

IraMeyer Panorama

The result is a wonderful book that I’m happy to have in my collection. The photographs are inspiring and fascinating, and the book is beautifully produced.

You can view sample photos and purchase a copy of ICE At the Ends of the Earth, signed by Ira Meyer, here:

ICE At the Ends of the Earth
by Ira Meyer
Foreword by Jean-Michel Cousteau
176 pages with 150 color photographs
12×9 inches, softcover

NOTE: All photos featured in this blog post are copyright Ira Meyer. For more information, visit

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Tim Grey is in the business of making photographers smarter and happier. He is the author of more than a dozen books on digital imaging for photographers, has written hundreds of magazine articles, and publishes the Ask Tim Grey e-mail newsletter as well as the Pixology digital magazine. He also speaks at a variety of events and leads photography workshops around the world.
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