ABOUT MONT BLANC LINES
The very first image as posted on social media, including some very questionable color choices...
Mont Blanc Lines started at the end of the first covid lockdown, in May 2020. I went on an ultralight flight at sunset in the Mont-Blanc range, initially just for some landscape photography. Once back home, I saw I had a good image of the north face of les Droites. I had always been curious of where exactly the classic routes, Ginat and Colton-Brooks, went, so I got my "Snow, Ice and Mixed" guidebook out and started drawing.
Once complete, it was only natural to post the image on social media and climbing forums, and it was an immediate hit. Since I also had good shots of Aiguille du Chardonnet, Aiguille Verte, les Courtes and Grandes Jorasses, why not keep drawing?
Pretty soon, people asked me if they could buy prints of the images. With the help of graphic designer Julie Loomis, we turned the images into beautiful posters, and I started going on climbing and hiking trips just to capture high resolution images of specific faces. Mont Blanc Lines was born!
A few years later, there are over 60 posters from 7 countries on 3 continents, a best-selling book in 3 languages and constant new updates.
All the images* for the poster have been shot by myself, Alex Buisse. I have worked as a professional adventure and humanitarian photographer in Chamonix (and now Canmore) for over a decade. I have climbed, skied and flown all over the Mont-Blanc range, the Alps and the world's greater ranges. Though I would absolutely love to, I unfortunately have not managed to personally climb every line I have drawn!
My client list includes Patagonia, Arc'teryx, Red Bull, VISA, the International Olympic Committee, BMW, Microsoft, Sports Illustrated, Alpinist Magazine and Rock and Ice, among many others. My portfolio and fine art prints are available on my photo website, www.alexbuisse.com.
* Except for Everest, shot by Tim Mosedale from Camp III on Nuptse.
Photo: Mathis Dumas
After testing out many different options, I have settled on a (relatively) simple system. Instead of printing large numbers of each poster and storing them in a warehouse I make on demand prints for each order. This allows me to always ship you the latest version of every poster, with the latest route additions and corrections.
The posters are printed on 200g semi-glossy (silk finish) paper. My supplier has printing centers in 32 countries, allowing the posters to be shipped locally to you pretty much anywhere in the world, which helps reduce cost, delays and customs headaches.
Depending on the size and local post system, they are shipped rolled in a tube (most common), flat (for small sizes and select countries) or in triangular tubes.
Though rare, it does happen that the posters arrive to you with some damage. Please let me know if that is the case and I will immediately send you a replacement.
Beginning in Fall 2022, I am offering framed versions of the posters. They are single size: 60 x 90 cm or 24 x 36", depending on country, and available for all but a handful of posters (currently El Cap and Squamish, which don't print below A0).
The print is on museum grade 250g uncoated archival matte paper, and the frame is black wood*, 2cm wide, with a plexiglass sheet and mounting hardware on the back. There is no mat, the print reaches the edges of the frame.
The print will arrive already framed and ready to hang.
* Metal and other colors available on request. Email me before placing your order!