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Nature Photographers Killed in Crash

[WTN-L World Tibet Network News. Published by The Canada Tibet Committee. Issue ID: 02/08/13; August 13, 2002.]

SAN FRANCISCO August 13, 2002 (Reuters) - Galen and Barbara Rowell, a husband-and-wife team of nature photographers whose wilderness imagery appeared in National Geographic, Life and other national magazines, were killed in a small plane crash over the weekend as they returned home from Alaska, associates said on Tuesday.

The Rowells, who were returning from a circumnavigation of the Bering Sea, were passengers in a small private plane that went down on Sunday south of the airport at Bishop, California, the Sierra town where they lived and operated a gallery.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation, according to a release issued by their gallery. The plane's pilot, Tom Reid of Bishop, and another passenger, Carol McAffee, also of Bishop, were also killed.

An accomplished mountain climber, Galen Rowell, 62, was often described as the artistic heir to Ansel Adams, the famous U.S. photographer who pioneered new approaches to landscape photography in the early part of the 20th Century.

Known best for his images of high mountain vistas ranging from California to Tibet and Nepal, Rowell made dozens of overseas mountain climbing trips and won the 1984 Ansel Adams award for his contributions to wilderness photography.

"Galen is widely recognized as one of the most distinguished and pioneering nature photographers of this era," said Helen Sweetland, publisher of Sierra Club Books, which put out several books of the Rowells' photographs.

Barbara Rowell, 54, was a well-known photographer in her own right whose work appeared in National Geographic and other magazines. Barbara Rowell, who often served as the pilot for her husband's wilderness trips, and had recently finished her first book, entitled "Flying South: A Pilot's Inner Journey," scheduled to be released in October.

Galen Rowell is survived by two children from a previous marriage and two grandsons. Barbara Rowell is survived by her mother, brother and two nieces.

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