Lot #101 | Solo Climber

Solo Climber by Sergey Melnikoff, a.k.a. MFF
The Central Tien Shan Mountains, Kyrgyzstan. 2003
Camera Pentax 67-II / 105mm Lens

  • Size 39,3”x31,5” (100×80 cm)
  • Acrylic plasticization thickness 5 mm
  • Ready to hang | Ship in crate | Free shipping worldwide
  • This artwork comes with an Honorary Plaque
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  • What is the quality of the photos taken by MFF with their unique cameras?
  • Each MELNIKOFF artwork, which is available at our charity auction, maintaining its uniqueness and artistic value. Every piece is a one-of-a-kind treasure, accompanied by a certificate of authenticity personally signed by the author.
  • By buying this artwork, you can make a meaningful contribution to the Mother Teresa Rehabilitation Center and help provide vital support to Ukrainian children who have lost limbs in the Russian-Ukrainian war.
  • By producing acrylic glass photographs at our production facility in Kyiv, we gives you the chance to own an exquisite work of art by one of the most well-known photographers in the world, as well as a historical memento created in Ukraine during the war.
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Lot Essay

Discover the incredible story of Elvira Nasonova, the Ukrainian mountaineering legend who became the only woman to earn the prestigious “Snow Leopard” title three times during the Soviet era.

Her awe-inspiring climb of Peak Khan Tengri, captured in a stunning photograph by renowned photographer Sergey Melnikoff, showcases her unparalleled determination and resilience as she braved the elements to reach the summit.

Join Elvira and Sergey as they attempted to conquer the daunting seven-thousander in the Central Tien Shan Mountains to celebrate 62nd birthday of Elvira in 2003.

The iconic photo captures a solitary female figure ascending the icy slope through swirling snow and strong gusts of wind, an image that has become a symbol of the unwavering human spirit.

This unique photo is a testament to the skill and expertise of a world-renowned American photographer with Ukrainian roots, who used heavy professional photographic equipment to capture this breathtaking moment.

The use of professional film cameras of the past allowed for printing photographs of very large sizes for galleries and collectors of mountain and photography art.

Join the ranks of the most experienced mountaineers from around the world who have participated in expeditions to capture the beauty and grandeur of nature at altitudes over 20,000 feet (6,000 meters.) Don’t miss this opportunity to witness the remarkable achievements of Elvira Nasonova and her incredible ascent of Peak Khan Tengri, a true inspiration for generations to come.

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