Fate is a funny thing. You never know when an unexpected plot twist is about to light up your world. Or your magazine, as the case may be.
And so it went this fall when the legendary ski and snowboard lensman Larry Prosor made his way into Bomb Snow’s worldwide headquarters here in Bozeverly Hills, Montana. Prosor, who calls New Zealand home these days, was in town visiting his daughter and grandchildren. On this particular day, he was on the hunt for a printing wizard to help make some of his historic photos of Scot Schmidt a wall-hanging reality for an upcoming non-profit event at The Yellowstone Club. Prosor found his wizard (our very own senior photographer, Travis Andersen) and we found a heck of a photo feature in the process.
In the early 90s, Prosor was arguably the most prolific US-based ski photographer in the game. Based in Lake Tahoe, he was on the pulse of the burgeoning “extreme skiing” scene. The guy was everywhere, from first chair at Alpine Meadows to shooting Schmidt and Coombs in Canada to backcountry Sierra trips with Glen Plake, plus regular commercial work with The North Face, K2, Patagonia, Warren Miller and Rip Curl. There is no doubt that his photos helped create the visual language of the industry as we know it today. In fact, if you had even an ounce of ski bum in you in the 90s, we’d bet money that you had a Prosor picture hanging up somewhere on your bedroom walls or waxing room.