Jon Van Zyle and Jeff Schultz Combo Images for Double Vision Alaska Book Dogs sleeping on straw at Nikolai with cabin and dog team at sunrise and ravensPhoto by Jeff Schultz/ (C) 2020 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Jeff Schultz - Alaska
Double Vision Alaska: Iditarod's official photographer and artist collaborate on new book
According to photographer Jeff Schultz, it was artist Jon Van Zyle who first proposed that the two collaborate on a project. Schultz, who has been the official photographer for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race since 1982, has long known Van Zyle, who has been the race’s official artist since 1979. Their friendship and mutual admiration spans decades, but neither had broached the idea of merging their skills until a Junior Iditarod banquette a few years ago, when, according to Schultz, Van Zyle approached him and said, “We ought to combine our efforts some time.”
“I had no idea what he meant,” Schultz remembered, “but I said, ‘Absolutely.’”
The notion percolated for a while before reaching fruition, but it’s now come about in a beautiful new book called “Double Vision Alaska,” which collects photographs and paintings by the two iconic Alaskan visual artists, thematically matching them through Alaska’s four seasons and the images each man captures.
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