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Publications with images by Max Wisshak

Inside Mother Earth

Inside Mother Earth

Inside Mother Earth
Magische Höhlenwelten / Magic Caves / Grottes Magiques

A fantastic journey into our planet's interior. Nearly the entire surface of the earth has been photographed and documented. Our world has grown too small for us. But has everything really been researched, surveyed and settled, designed and built upon as we see it? When we turn our gaze inward and view the Earth's interior, we discover new and far greater dimensions. Max Wisshak's flashbulbs illuminate realms that otherwise dwell in eternal darkness, where he photographs a hidden world full of fairy-tale beauty.

With his artistic sensitivity for contrast and pictorial composition, he has succeeded in creating pictures which capture the magic that awaits travellers who dare to descend into the depths of the earth, to enter an inner world and delve into the roots of our essential being. In the midst of this wondrous world stands the solitary human being, small, with no one but himself to rely upon, and connected to life on the surface like a spider hanging from a gossamer thread.

This photo book by the dedicated scientist, speleologist and photographer Max Wisshak is not only a highlight for speleologists and geologists, but also and above all for people who are interested in nature and who haven't yet forgotten how to gaze in awe at the beauty of our world.


Preface
by Prof. Dr. Ernst Waldemar Bauer

Foreword A Journey into the Interior
by Angela Lang

Foreword Light in the Darkness
by Jean-Pierre Bartholeyns

Introduction Getting to the Bottom of Caves
by author Max Wisshak

Format 24 x 30 cm
144 full-colour photographs on 152 pages
Texts in German, English, French
Hardcover thread-bound with dust jacket
ISBN 978-3-934020-67-2
Edition Reuss

In dedicated book stores, or at:
amazon.de, amazon.fr and amazon.co.uk,
and various speleo book dealers:
Speleo Concepts (Germany)
Expé (France)
Spelunca Librairie (France)
Librairie Speleo (Belgium)
Speleobooks (USA)


 

Contributions for books

Ice Caves


The first edition of Ice Caves was edited by Aurel Persoiu and Stein-Erik Lauritzen and was published in 2017 at Elsevier. The voluminous opus synthesizes the latest research on ice caves from around the globe. For the chapter on German ice caves, some of my photographs were selected.

(ISBN 9780128117392)

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Unterirdisch


The coffee-table book Unterirdisch by Hans-Joachim Schneider, published 2016 at DUMONT, portrays natural or man-made underground places with an aura of mystery. Among the many high-quality images, there are some of my shots.

(ISBN 9783770188864)

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Totes Gebirge


The coffee-table book Die Höhlen des Toten Gebirges on caves in the Totes Gebirge (Austria) features chapters by numerous cavers reporting on their exploration in this karstic plateau. I contributed pictures of the Schneevulkanhalle for the chapter on the Schwarzmooskogelsystem and for the back cover.

(ISBN 9783701178155)

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MKH 21


Celebrating 25 years of exploration by the Höhlenforschungsgruppe Ostalb-Kirchheim in the Eisrohrhöhle-Bammelschacht-System (Reiteralm, Berchtesgaden Alps (Germany) the 7.8 km long and 496 m deep cave system is now featured in a monograph. The volume comprises the description of the system and nearby caves, exploration reports, and chapters on the geology, speleogenesis, speleothems, and hydrography, alongside the complete map of the cave system. The monograph was authored by Max Wisshak, Rainer Straub, Herbert Jantschke, and Matthias López Correa and is published in the ‘Materialhefte zur Karst- und Höhlenkunde’, volume 21.

(ISSN 0937-163X)

Format 28 x 21 cm; hardcover; 112 richly illustrated pages; 15.00 €; order via e-mail from Norbert Neuser (HFGOK):
norbert.neuser(at)karstforschung.de

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Grandes Cavités Méditerranéennes


Photo book Grandes Cavités Méditerranéennes published by Victor Ferrer Rico in 2009, illustrating the prettiest caves in Southern France, including the Grotte Malaval for which I had the honour to donate a couple of pictures of the famous blue formations.

(ISBN 978-84-933711-2-2)

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St Marcel d'Ardèche


The comprehensive monograph La Grotte de Saint Marcel d'Ardèche (France) comprises detailed maps and many underground images, among which a couple of my images were selected.

(ISBN 2-9517215-6-0)

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Two new guidebooks on the Franconian Alb, with the one or the other of my images, were released in 2006/2007: Thomas Hübner's 25 mal Fränkische Schweiz and the enlarged and revised new edition of Höhlen in Franken by Angela and Stephan Lang.

(ISBN 978-3-89889-058-8)
(ISBN 987-3-418-00385-6)

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The booklet Höhlen in Baden-Württemberg produced by the Staatsanzeiger Verlag in cooperation with the ARGE Grabenstetten is a well-illustrated volume, featuring various aspects of speleological research in SW-Germany. This includes images from the early days of my cave photography.

(ISBN 978-3-929981-76-6)

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For the WAS IST WAS volume 83 Höhlen, I contributed about two dozen images and was happily surprised to find my dear wife Stefanie on the cover collage.

(ISBN 3-7886-0423-9)

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This noble illustrated book Merveilles du Monde Souterrain on the world's most important karst areas and caves, published by the LA VENTA Exploring Team, is available in Italian (Meraviglie del Mondo Sotterraneo) and French (Merveilles du Monde Souterrain). It was my pleasure to contribute the title shot.

(ISBN 88-7082-837-9; Italian Version)
(ISBN 20-8011-868; French Version)

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Guide book Höhlenführer Schwäbische Alb (Germany) by Hans Binder and Herbert Jantschke, with numerous images of mine, including the title shot.

(ISBN 3-87181-485-7)

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Contributions in journals

Descent 269


Volume 269 of Descent features an article by Hazel Barton, Derek Bristol, and James Hunter on the exploration of the ‘Chandelier Graveyard’ and the ambitioned climb Higher Education in Lechuguilla Cave (New Mexico, USA). The article and both covers feature some of my images.

Order this issue or a subscription to Descent directly at Wild Places Publishing.

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NSS news


Issue 1/2018 of the NSS NEWS features an article by me and John Lyles on the exploration of Lechuguilla Cave (New Mexico, USA). In particular, the article portrays our efforts to mop up South Winds and Southern Climes. The article and cover are spiced with my photographs of these areas.

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Descent 259


With issue 259 of Descent, the comprehensive series A caver’s guide to the microbiology of caves by Hazel A. Barton was concluded (issues 255, 256, 257 and 259). It was a pleasure to contribute some images of relevant features in Lechuguilla Cave to these well-received articles.

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Descent 251


Issue 251 of Descent features an article by Derek Bristol and me, showcasing our discovery and exploration of Neuland in Lechuguilla Cave.

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Natur März 2015


In der March issue 2015 of natur, an image of the spectacular gypsum crystals in the ‘Chandelier Ballroom’ of Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico (USA) serves to illustrate resistant extremophile bacteria that were discovered in this cave.

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Spelunca 136


Since 2014, each issue of Spelunca features a 4-page portfolio of one of the worlds most renowned cave photographers. Upon invitation by Philippe Crochet, I had the pleasure to open this series together with Chris Howes (GB) and Dave Bunnell (USA) – (Spelunca 136, 2014).

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Descent 238


Volume 238 of Descent features a portfolio with images taken during the ‘Second International Cave Photographer Meeting’, held 2013 in the Trieste karst.

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Jamar


The speleo-journal jamar contains a report and pictures of the ‘Second International Cave Photographer Meeting’, held 2013 in the Trieste karst.

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Die Höhle 2013


A photo of my 2008 trip to the Schneevulkanhalle in the Totes Gebirge (Austria) makes for the cover of the 2013 volume of DIE HÖHLE.

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Natur, September 2013


The september issue 2013 of natur features the article Im Rausch der Tiefe by Agnes Fazekas on the discovery of a surprisingly spacious cave in the Bavarian Alps. The article is illustrated with a selection of my images from caves around the globe.

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Horizonte


The science magazine horizonte, issue 97, raises the question dead or alive?, facing my image form the famous blue helictites in the Grotte Asperge (France).

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Jahresheft 2009


The Jahresheft 2009 of the Arge Grabenstettenwith my title shot ‘The Helix’, a gypsum flower with unbelievable 42 windings, hidden in New Zealand.

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The title story of volume 58/1 of STALACTITE is Caves in Germany and as title image I had the honour to contribute an image of a Swabian cave.

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The Jahresheft 2008 of the ARGE Grabenstetten with my title shot and an expedition report of our 2009 trip into Lechuguilla Cave (New Mexico, USA). In addition, the volume features a portfolio of the Schneevulkanhalle – the largest ice chamber in the world – and the result of a joint photographic session with Stephan and Angela Lang, Leo Klimmer, Robert Winkler, and Saskia Bartmann.

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Quite unfamiliar for me, this time before instead of behind the camera ... For the title story on extremophiles Die zweite Welt in GEO issue 3/09, Writer Lars Abromeit and photographer Carsten Peter joined microbiologist Hazel Barton and me into Lechuguilla Cave (New Mexico, USA).

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Ten pages of images taken from my first coffee-table book Inside Mother Earth in issue 1/2009 of ZEIT WISSEN.

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Double page from my book Inside Mother Earth in ALPIN, issue 1/2009, including a short text about the book and the label ‘book of the month’!

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The October issue 07 of Digital Photographer (Ukrainian edition) contains an extensive story on cave photography featuring images and portraits of Peter Gedei, Tony Merino, Kasia and Marcin Gala, Andreas Schober, and myself.

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The April 2007 NSS NEWS is devoted to Lechuguilla Cave and features several of my images taken during a 2006 expedition into this cave.

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In the May 2007 issue of natur+kosmos you'll find my portfolio entitled Im Bauch der Erde.

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Issue 1/2006 of Schönes Schwaben features my article Im Bauch der Schwäbischen Alb – a brief portrait of the Swabian caves.

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January 2005 issue of Natur Foto features my article Licht im Dunkeln, a report and portfolio about underground photography.

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In GEOLino extra, volume Abenteuer Erde. Die extremsten Lebensräume der Welt you'll find an article about caves with some of my images.

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Calendar images

Calendar 2019


Underground Worlds 2019
September: Cove des Coloms 1, Spain

Format A3 29.7 x 42 cm; 16.90 € plus shipping; orders via e-mail from unterwelten(at)arge-grabenstetten.de

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Unterwelten 2018


Underground Worlds 2018
May: Aven de Mas de Roquet, France

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Unterwelten Kalender 2017


Underground Worlds 2017
January: Lechuguilla Cave, USA
August: Jazbina v Rovnjah, Slovenia

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Speleo Projects Kalender 2017


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2017
May: Lechuguilla Cave, USA

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Unterwelten 2016


Underground Worlds 2016
December: SMK-System, Austria

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Kalender 2015


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2015
February: Kacna Jama, Slovenia

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Kalender 2015


Underground Worlds 2015
January: Lechuguilla Cave, USA

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Kalender 2014


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2014
Title: Grotte du Barrage, France
January: SMK-System, Austria
July: Grotte du Barrage, France

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calendar 2013


Underground Worlds 2013
Title: Anonymous cave, France
May: Lechuguilla Cave, USA

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calendar 2012


Underground Worlds 2012
November: Lechuguilla Cave, USA

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calendar 2012


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2012
Title: Grotte des Écossaises, France
August: Grotte des Écossaises, France
December: Grotte Estevan, France

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calendar 2011


Underground Worlds 2011
March: Lechuguilla Cave, USA
October: Anonymous cave, France

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calendar 2011


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2011
September: Metro Cave, New Zealand
December: Cottonwood Cave, USA

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calendar 2010


Underground Worlds 2010
Title: Harwood Hole, New Zealand
February: Grotte des Écossaises, France
October: Metro Cave, New Zealand
December: Lechuguilla Cave, USA

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calendar 2009


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2009
November: Anonymous cave, France

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calendar 2009


Underground Worlds 2009
April: Aven de Père Pouget, France
July: Grotte des Calles, France

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calendar 2008


Underground Worlds 2008
January: Beibelkareishöhle, Germany

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calendar 2008


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2008
October: Eiskogelhöhle, Austria

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calendar 2007


Underground Worlds 2007
Title: Aven Noir, France
January: Anonymous cave, France
March: Lechuguilla Cave, USA
December: Lechuguilla Cave, USA

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calendar 2007


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2007
February: Eisrohrhöhle, Germany

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calendar 2006


Underground Worlds 2006
Title: Ponorului, Romania
February: Eiskogelhöhle, Austria
August: Waipuna Cave, New Zealand

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calendar 2006


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2006
March: Eiskapelle, Germany
October: Montmilchloch, Germany

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calendar 2005


Underground Worlds 2005
March: Grotte Malaval, France
December: Grotte Malaval, France

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calendar 2005


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2005
March: Grotte Malaval, France

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calendar 2004


Underground Worlds 2004
Title: Baume St. Anne, France
January: Baume St. Anne, France

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