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Transitions And ExitsA book by Ari Marcopoulos

Ari Marcopoulos, the self-taught photographer who scammed his way onto a Burton photo shoot despite never having skied or snowboarded, has put together a fine collection of snowboarding photography in his book Transitions And Exits, published by Powerhouse Books. If you’re afraid of realistic documentation of life on the road with some of our sport’s nomadic icons, better not buy this book. If you want to see bruises, neck braces, bongs, and the occasional porno going on in the background of a frame, you’ll be in good company with this book. If you’re not into progressive freestyle photography blended with big-mountain riding in locales ranging from the Pacific Northwest to Iran, you may not like this book. But black-and-white photography, print film, and colors reproduced on paper that’s guaranteed to look 1,000 times better than the rag you’re holding now will be a fine addition to anyone’s library of snowboarding literature. And it’s mostly pictures.

Back to Ari’s scam. He showed up, expenses paid by Burton, at some European glacier and rented skis, figuring, “This can’t be too difficult.” A couple hours and with significant blood loss later, he made it down the glacier without falling into any crevasses. Then his shooting style and cynical attitude caught the hearts of riders such as Jim Rippey, Bryan Iguchi, and Terje Haakonsen, who, along with Dave Seoane, forced him to burn the skis and learn to snowboard.In less than five years, Ari’s progressed to surviving Alaska’s gnar and the eclectic diet of a pro snowboarder. Outside of some of the most artistic photography snowboarding has been lucky enough to attract, he’s quite schooled in world issues and rarely loses political debates. Ari doesn’t take shit, and neither does his 176-paged hardcover book. Buy it, or don’t, at finer booksellers for 45 U.S. dollars or 70 Canadian Loonies. For more info, write, or call (212) 604-9074.