Ace Kvale: An iconic photographer mentors a new generation
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Ace Kvale: An iconic photographer mentors a new generation

Ace Kvale has been on the forefront of adventure photography for the past 40 years, with subjects ranging from Himalayan peaks to the valleys of his southern Utah home. Kvale, 62, kickstarted his career in the ski industry as an athlete and model before moving behind the lens in the 1980s. Since then he’s been a prolific contributor to ski publications like Backcountry and Powder , as well as photographic heavyweight National Geographic . Even with these impressive credentials, he takes the time to work with the next generation of photographers, including 27-year-old Backcountry contributor Mary McIntyre. Ace Kvale kickstarts his career in Verbier, Switzerland in the 1980s.’ [Photo] Mark Shapiro as told by photographer Mary Mcintyre I met Ace when I was 16 and living down in southern Utah for the summer. Taking trips with him out in the wild, remote canyons—where he spends most of his time—got me more interested in outdoor photography. Over the next few years, we stayed in touch as he traveled the world, working on a variety of incredible projects. That was enough to pique my interest in practicing photography more seriously. He doesn’t do much ski photography anymore, but that’s how he […]

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