Tenzing Norgay on the Summit of Mount Everest

Tenzing Norgay brandishes his ice axe on the summit of Mount Everest
Tenzing Norgay brandishes his ice axe on the summit of Mount Everest

Historical Context

Edmund Hillary took the photo using a modest and compact Kodak Retina camera loaded with Kodachrome colour film, he kept the camera inside his jacket during the final ascent to keep it from freezing.

Hillary apparently refused a photograph when Tenzing Norgay offered to return the favour.

Photo Info


Photographer: Edmund Hillary
Date taken: May 29, 1953
Location taken: Mount Everest, Nepal

Source: Royal Geographical Society

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