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Yves Garneau Gallerie

Canadian expat Yves Garneau now calls Verbier, Switzerland home. And in a decade of shooting in the hotbed of big mountain skiing, Garneau has established himself in the pecking order of legendary Verbier lensmen with timeless imagery–from Verbier to Avoriaz, France, Alaska and back.

“Seeing friends’ slide shows made Yves think about pointing the camera at some of his mates, capturing that perfect moment with a point-n-shoot loaded with slide film, working out his composition. He split to the Alps the following September with a Minolta SLR, landing first in Chamonix­­–‘Way too much of a big city vibe there’–and eventually wound up in Verbier. He knew the godfather of ski photography, Marko Shapiro—a fellow Canadian who had paved the way for freeski photographers worldwide—was based in Verbier. But Garneau knew nothing of the snakepit complexities of ski media. He just wanted to capture great moments in the mountains…”

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