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Publications

... here you'll find a number of my own book projects, as well as other books, journals, and calendars where I had the pleasure to, or was asked to, or had to, or simply wanted to contribute the one or the other underground image ...

books

Insice Mother Earth#

 
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
(book author, biologist, television publicist and documentary filmmaker)

- Introductory text "Getting to the Bottom of Caves" by Max Wisshak
(geologist, paleontologist and photographer)

- Foreword "A Journey into the Interior" by Angela Lang
(speleologist and photographer)

-Foreword "Light in the Darkness" by Jean-Pierre Bartholeyns
(head of the department of cave conservation of the 'International Union of Speleology')

ISBN 978-3-934020-67-2
dimensions 24 x 30 cm
144 full-colour photographs on 152 pages
texts in German, English, French
hardcover thread-bound with dust jacket
reduced price 19,90 € (incl. tax)

In dedicated book stores,

or via Internet e.g. at:
amazon.de, amazon.fr & amazon.co.uk,

and various speleo book dealers, as for instance at:
Speleo-Projects (Switzerland)
Speleo Concepts (Germany)
Buchhandlung Aegis (Germany)
Expé (France)
Spelunca Librairie (France)
Librairie Speleo (Belgium)
Speleobooks (USA)
NSS Bookstore (USA),


 
books

Unterirdisch


The coffee-table book 'Unterirdisch' by Hans-Joachim Schneider, published 2016 at DUMONT, is advertised by the publishing house as follows: "Natural or man-made underground places an aura of mystery, our Spooky or Gloomy. Precisely for this reason, but they exert a great fascination on us. Disused tunnels, bunkers from the Cold War, tunnel systems, cellars and catacombs, limestone caves with fantastic stalactites - a virtual trip to the basement of the Republic." Among the many high-quality images, there are also some of my shots from the Eiskapelle and from the Eisrohrhöhle (both located in the Berchtesgaden Alps, Germany).

(ISBN 9783770188864)

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Totes Gebirge


Coffee-table book on a selection of the most important caves in the Totes Gebirge (Austria). The book was edited by Robert Winkler (Arge Grabenstetten) and features chapters by numerous cavers reporting on their exploration in this karstic plateau. I contributed pictures of the Schneevulkanhalle for the chapter on the SMK System and for the back cover.

(ISBN 9783701178155)

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MKH 21


Based on 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 monography. The volume comprises the decription 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 monography is authored by Max Wisshak, Rainer Straub, Herbert Jantschke, and Matthias Lopez Correa and is published as 'Materialheften zur Karst- und Höhlenkunde' volume 21

(published by the HFGOK, ISSN: 0937-163X)

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

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Grandes Cavités Méditerranéennes


Photo book published by Victor Ferrer Rico in 2009, illustrating the prettiest caves in Southern France, including the Grotte Malaval for which I had the honor 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 monography of the Grotte Saint Marcel in the Ardèche region (France) comprises numerous detailed maps and many underground images, among which a couple of images taken by me, and my cave photography colleagues Andreas Schober and Gaspard Magarinos

(ISBN 2-9517215-6-0)

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Two new franconian guidebooks with the one or the other of my images. Firstly, Thomas Hübners "25 mal Fränkische Schweiz" and secondly, the enlarged and revised new edition of the highly recommended "Höhlen in Franken" by Angela und 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 and nicely edited volume featuring various aspects of speleological research in SW-Germany. Highly recommended!

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

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For the new edition of 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. The text was contributed by Dr. Rainer Köthe.

(ISBN 3-7886-0423-9)

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This noble illustrated book 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" . The images for this volume were contributed by numerous international cave photographers as for instance Dave Bunell, Patrick Cabrol, Philippe Crochet, Paul De Bie, Antonio De Vivo, Andreas Schober, Jean Paul Sounier, Mario Vianelli and me.

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

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Guide book to the karst area of the Swabian Alb (Southern Germany) by Hans Binder and Herbert Jantschke.

(ISBN 3-87181-485-7)

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Journals

Descent 251


The most recent issue # 251 of the caving mag DESCENT features an article by fellow caver Derek Bristol and me, showcasing our discovery and exploration of ‘Neuland’ in Lechuguilla Cave. The article is promoted with the words “Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico is one of those rare systems: beautiful, unusual, keeping secrets that science seeks out, concealing hidden passages awaiting discovery. The most recent of these is Neuland, a major, gypsum-covered extension.”

Orders of this issue, or a subscription to Descent, can be placed at Wild Places Publishing.

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Natur März 2015


In der March issue 2015 of the magazine Nature, an image of the famous gypsum crytals in the Chandelier Ballroom of Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico (USA) serves to illustrate resistant extremophile bacteria that were discovered in this caves.

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Spelunca 136


Since 2014, each issue of the french caving magazine 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


British caving magazine DESCENT (issue 238), edited by Chris Howes, features a portfolio with images taken during the second international cave photographer meeting, held 2013 in the Triest karst.

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Jamar


The slovenian speleo-journal 'Jamar' with a report and pictures of the second international cave photographer meeting, held 2013 in the Triest karst.

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Die Höhle 2013


A photo of my 2008 foto trip to the Schneevulkanhalle in the Totes Gebirge (Austria) makes for the cover of the 2013 volume of 'Die Höhle'. Therein among others an article reporting on the HFGOK exploration of the Eisrohrhöhle-Bammelschacht-System (Reiteralm, Berchtesgaden Alps, Germany), for which I sign responsible as project coordinator.

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Natur, September 2013


The september issue 2013 of the german magazine 'Natur' (formerly known as Natur & Kosmos) 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 worldwide.

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Horizonte


The swiss science magazine 'Horizonte' is issued by the Swiss National Science Foundation and the Swiss Akademy of Science and reports four times a year on new results and discoveries in all disciplines of science. In issue 97, released in june 2013, the question is raised "dead or alive?" facing an image form the famous blue helectites in the Grotte Asperge in the South of France. This question is feasible since most recently researchers from the ETH in Zurich found evidence for a microbial contribution in the formation of such "cave flowers".

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Jahresheft 2009


Highly recommended is the new 'Jahresheft 2009' of the Arge Grabenstetten with articles about the Brunnensteinhöhle, the Totes Gebirge, and several articles on New Zealand caves. As a suitable title image I contributed a shot of "The Helix", a gypsum flower with unbelievable 42 windings hidden in Flower Cave.

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Title story of volume 58/1 of STALACTITE, the journal of the Swiss Speleological Association, is 'Caves in Germany' and features many excellent articles. As title image I had the honour to contribute a caving image from the swabian Montmilchloch.

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Very worth reading is the 'Jahresheft 2008' of the ARGE Grabenstetten, with reports on the research in the Vetterhöhle, the Brunnensteinhöhle, the Totes Gebirge, and other areas of exploration. The expedition report of our 2009 expedition into Lechuguilla cave is illustrated by numerous images by Rainer Straub, Jörg Haußmann and me, and the title image was contributed by me as well. In addition, the volume features a picture gallery of the Schneevulkanhalle - the largest ice chamber in the world - the result of a joint photographic expedition with Stephan + Angela Lang, Leo Klimmer, Robert Winkler, and Saskia Bartmann. Enjoy!

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Quite unfamiliar for me before instead of behind the camera - for the title story on extremophiles "Die zweite Welt" [the second world] in GEO issue 3/09, writer Lars Abromeit and photographer Carsten Peter joined microbiologist Hazel Barton and myself, in the role of supporting actor as geologist, into Lechuguilla cave in New Mexico (USA).

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Ten pages of images from 'Inside Mother Earth' in issue 1 December/January 2009 of the ZEIT Wissen Magazine, alongside the text 'Tiefe Magie' by Martina Züger.

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Double page from 'Inside Mother Earth' in the magazine ALPIN issue 1/2009, incl. a short text about the book and the label 'book of the month'!

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

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The April 2007 News issue of the National Speleological Society is entirely devoted to the topic Lechuguilla - and is featuring several of my images taken during the May 2006 expedition.

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In the May 2007 issue of natur+kosmos you'll find my portfolio and text "Im Bauch der Erde" featuring images taken in the Aven Noir (France), Gouffre Berger (France), and Eiskogelhöhle (Austria).

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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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In the January 2005 issue of the magazine 'NaturFoto' you'll find my article "Licht im Dunkeln" [Light in the Dark], a practical report about underground photography, illustrated with images primarily from caves of France.

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in the GEOLino extra issue "Die extremsten Lebensräume der Welt" you'll find an article about caves "Ausflug in die Tiefe".

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calendars
Unterwelten Kalender 2017


Underground Worlds 2017,
with caving images from around the world, alongside 4 post cards as a bonus. From my camera, the January image features the impressive gypsum chandeliers in the newly discovered area 'Neuland', captured during our 2015 expedition to Lechuguilla Cave.

Format A3 42 x 29.7 cm; price 16.90 € + shipping; orders directly via E-mail from Andreas Schober

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Speleo Projects Kalender 2017


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2017
features high-end caving images from around the world, including a shot of the delicate aragonite trees in 'South Winds', photographed during our 2015 expedition to Lechuguilla Cave.

Format A3 43.7 x 29.7 cm; price 17.00 € + shipping; orders to be placed at SpeleoProjects

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Unterwelten 2016


Underground Worlds 2016
with underground images from around the world, alongside 4 post cards as a bonus. This time, I contributed the december image, showing the ice domes in the 'Schneevulkanhalle' in the 'Totes Gebirge' (Northern Calcareous Alps, Austria).

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Kalender 2015


Speleo-Projects Calendar 2015
Urs Widmer is still alive in the tradition of the Speleo-Project calendars!

This year my contribution is an image of the fantastic double-eye entrance shaft of the Kacna Jama in Slovenia, captured during the 2nd International Meeting of Cave Photographers 2013 in Triest; Assistance: Rainer Straub and Peter Gedei.

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Kalender 2015


Underground Worlds 2015
contains underground images from all over the world, alongside 4 post cards as a bonus. Again a Lechuguilla Cave image was chosen by the seletion committee (January image) - an impression of the "Hudson Bay" taken during the 2013 Bosted expedition.

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Kalender 2014


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2014
again with a title image from my camera - a vertical panorama captured in a cave in the South of France. Speleo Projects features a selection of wild caves from around the world. The monthly pages provide a glimpse into the caves of Austria, Brazil, China, France, Haiti, Japan, Laos, New Zealand, Spain, and the United States. Among these another contribution of mine, an "icy" image from the Schneevulkanhalle in the Totes Gebirge, Austria.

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calendar 2013


Underground Worlds 2013
contains underground images from all over the world, alongside 4 post cards as a bonus. This time, I had the chance to contribute the title image, a panorama from a cave in the Grands Causses in France. Among the other images is another of my shots from Lechuguilla cave - "Magnolia Bayou".

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calendar 2012


Underground Worlds 2012
contains underground images from all over the world, alongside 4 post cards as a bonus. Among the images is another shot from Lechuguilla cave, the famous lake "Pearlsian Gulf" which I captured during the 2009 survey expedition.

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calendar 2012


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2012
features an image created by Peter Gedei and myself in the Grotte des Eccossaises in Southern France. The calendar is again loaded with cutting edge underground photography from many karstic areas in the world, including another image taken with my camera.

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calendar 2011


Underground Worlds 2011
in brand new layout. Contains underground images from all over the world, alongside 4 post cards as a bonus. Among the images are two Wisshaks from Lechuguilla cave and from an anonymous French cave.

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calendar 2011


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2011
I had the honour to contribute two images, the Snakedancers in the Cottenwood Cave in New Mexico (USA), and the Dragons Teeth in Metro Cave (New Zealand). The underwater title shot is outstanding!

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calendar 2010


Underground Worlds 2010
features images from Germany, France, Spain, Romania, New Zealand, Austria, and the USA. Apart from the title - the awesome 178 m entrance shaft of Harwoods Hole in New Zealand - I contributed 3 further images, including an unusual view of the classical 'Chandelier Ballroom' in Lechuguilla Cave (New Mexico).

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calendar 2009


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2009
features caves from Cuba, France, Germany, Malaysia, Slovenia, Switzerland and the USA. Among these also one of my images featuring the "most beautiful flowstone drapery of the world". As a bonus 32 postcards with commercial caves are implemented.

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calendar 2009


Underground Worlds 2009
features images from Germany, France, Spain, and the USA. Including two images of mine.

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calendar 2008


Underground Worlds 2008
features images from Germany, France, Slovenia, Malaysia, Montenegro, and the UK. This year with an ice-cave image produced in collaboration with Stephan Lang in the Beibelkareishöhle (Reiteralm, Germany).

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calendar 2008


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2008
Speleo Projects is celebrating the 25. Caving Calendar! Therefore, 24 postcards featuring commercial caves of the world were added at the end of the regular calendar. The twelve months feature images from caves of Australia, China, France, Iran, Malaysia, Austria, Slovenia, Switzerland, the USA, and Venezuela. Among these, one of my ice cave images taken in the classical "Halle der Circe" in the Eiskogelhöhle (Tennengebirge, Austria).

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calendar 2007


Underground Worlds 2007
features images from Germany, France, Mexico, and the USA. My contribution comprises the title image (Aven Noir / France), two images from a recent Lechuguilla expedition and a macro shot from a cave in the south of France.

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calendar 2007


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2007
With images of caves in France, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Italy, the Ukraine, and the USA. I contributed one image (Eisrohrhöhle-Bammelschacht-System / Berchtesgaden Alps).

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calendar 2006


Underground Worlds 2006
features images from Germany, France, Romania, New Zealand, Italy, Wales, the USA, and Austria. I contributed the title image (Ponorului / Romania) plus two further images (Eiskogelhöhle / Austria and Waipuna / New Zealand).

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calendar 2006


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2006
I contributed two images (Eiskapelle / Berchtesgaden Alps and Montmilchloch / Swabian Alb). The high-quality Speleo Projects calendar showcases caves from France, Germany, Malaysia, Mexico, New Guinea, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, and the USA.

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calendar 2005


Underground Worlds 2005
features images from Germany, France and Romania.

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calendar 2005


Speleo-Projects Caving Calendar 2005
features images from caves of Mexico, Switzerland, Germany, France, Spain, Austria, Borneo, Slovenia, and the USA.

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calendar 2004


Underground Worlds 2004
with images from caves in Germany, Austria, France, Italy, the USA and New Zealand. Among the images my favourite shot, which Andi used in two versions for the title and the January image (Thanks Andi!).

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