A Life of Extremes (eBook)

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The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker

Max Quinn’s filmmaking career has taken him to the ends of the earth, from his native New Zealand to Alaska; Antarctica to the Arctic. A Life of Extremes is a personal account of his work, featuring vibrant text and stunning images that illustrate 20 years of adventures in polar climates. Learn, from behind the camera, about the natural history and wildlife of our world. Leave the tourist trail behind with this unique insight into life in the immensely beautiful, most extreme places on earth.

Specifications: eBook| 272 Pages | Full Colour

Discover more about Max Quinn Here

Max Quinn is a wildlife filmmaker with over 50 years of experience in television production. He has filmed in areas from Antarctica to Mexico; Taiwan to Tibet, for broadcasters such as Discovery Channel and National Geographic. Now ‘retired’, he continues to do freelance projects around the globe. Find out more about Max Quinn here.

OARsome Morning Show

Travel Writers Radio – In Conversation With Graeme Kemlo

“photographic odyssey of his time working in polar ice fields when it was minus 50 degrees Celsius. (Max) provides a great insight into life on the ice, an experience surely on my tourist’s bucket lists”

Canadian Geographic

ABC Radio National, Late Night Live with Phillip Adams 

“Max Quinn made his first trip to Antarctica in 1991 when he braved blizzards and ice crevasses to film a remote colony of Emperor Penguins at Cape Crozier. Since then, the New Zealander has become one of the world’s most sought-after polar film-makers.”

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1964 Magazine
His up- close experience of the Arctic and Antarctica also meant Max was early to the climate change story, addressing it years before An Inconvenient Truth woke the world up, sort of.” Click here for the full review

Australian Wildlife Magazine
A Life of Extremes is a personal memoir of Max’s travel and polar filmmaking encounters with wildlife in these remote locations. Whether it be travelling eighty kilometres over ice to a lonely colony of emperor penguins (Aptenodytes forsterior) or being surrounded by minke whales (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) frolicking in pools of open water, Max has a story to tell about it.”

Wildlife Detective
“This is quite an amazing book, showing the hardship, danger and excitement of filming in extreme weather conditions. As well as the scientific aspects of the films, the author has a real interest in and knowledge of the polar wildlife, and many different species feature throughout the book. It is well illustrated in colour photographs, with the pictures alone almost being able to tell the story. I can heartily recommend this book.” Click here to read the full review.

Otago Daily Times
“Quinn is an effective storyteller and succeeds in highlighting a range of experiences that moves the book well past what could easily have been “we came, we saw, we got cold””.

Escape Magazine (Featured in The Herald Sun and Sun Herald)
“How would you feel if every holiday you took was like a working holiday?”

Diaries of a Cheshire Wildlife Watcher
“A great book that inspires and shows the endurance and energy one person must have to do the thing they love most even when the risks are high… the rewards were priceless”. Click here to read the full review.

Midwest Book Review
“An inherently fascinating and impressively informative read about an unusual life lived out under unusual circumstances, A Life of Extremes: The Life and Times of a Polar Filmmaker is especially and unreservedly recommended for community, college, and university library American Biography and American Cinematography collections.” Click here to read the full review.

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