Tenzing Norgay on the Summit of Mount Everest

Date taken: May 29, 1953
Location: Mount Everest, Nepal

Photographer: Edmund Hillary
Source: Royal Geographical Society

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.

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