Stone Nudes: Climbing Bare

The art of climbing dis-roped and disrobed.

Twenty years ago, Dean Fidelman asked a rock climber to take off her shoes and boulder nude, and his famous series Stone Nudes was born. The stunning black-and-white images of athletic figures captured in motion on cliffs in breathtaking wild landscapes have made Fidelman famous within the climbing community.

Fidelman followed his nomadic muses around North America and the world, framing them in the picturesque landscapes of Yosemite Valley; Joshua Tree; Moab, Utah; Patagonia; Europe; and coastal Thailand.

The sensual photographs uniquely capture the stark beauty of athletes on the stone, their muscular bodies camouflaging with the formations of the rocks they are poised on. This book will appeal to those interested in climbing, lovers of nude photography, as well as anyone who appreciates breathtaking images of improbable physical feats across stunning landscapes.

About The Author

Dean Fidelman has been climbing and photographing climbers for more than forty years. When he was sixteen years old, he befriended legendary Yosemite climbers John Bachar and John Long, and his photographic documentation of Yosemite's legendary "Stone Masters" began. In 2009 Fidelman teamed up with John Long and coauthored The Stone Masters about Yosemite in the 1950s, and The Valley Climbers. His project Stone Nudes began in 1999, with twenty calendars and a self-published book released in 2010. John Long is an American rock climber and author of over forty book titles. His how-to books on adventure sports have been industry leaders for twenty years. His books Advanced Rock Climbing and The Stonemasters: California Rock Climbers in the Seventies both won the Banff Centre Mountain Film and Book Festival for Mountain Exposition, and he is the 2006 recipient of the Literary Award from the American Alpine Club, their highest honor.

  • Publish Date: February 25, 2020
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Category: Photography - Subjects & Themes - Nudes
  • Publisher: Rizzoli
  • Trim Size: 9 x 10-3/4
  • Pages: 208
  • US Price: $55.00
  • CDN Price: $75.00
  • ISBN: 978-0-8478-6784-4


"Right now, of course, we miss the rocks and our sport more than ever, because of the coronavirus and ensuing stay-at-home orders and closures of public lands. What better way, then, to pass the time and reconnect with these places that mean so much to us than with Fidelman’s excellent new book? A lot of heart, craft, and mastery went into composing these images—flip through Stone Nudes: Climbing Bare and you’ll see." —CLIMBING MAGAZINE