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Mountains of the Moon

A photographic exploration of the Rwenzori Mountains
Showing at the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers)
1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR
5th Febuary – 17th April 2019


Monday-Friday 10:00 – 17:00
Saturdays 10:00 – 16:00


Described by Henry Morton Stanley on first sight as ‘appearing like a beautiful cloud or mirage’ the Rwenzori Mountains between Uganda and the DRC are like nowhere else on earth. One of the highest mountain ranges on the African continent and supporting an amazingly diverse, endemic flora and fauna, they are also some of the only mountains in Africa to support glaciers.


Glacier retreat, first photographed in 1906 by Vittorio Sella who accompanied HRH Prince Luigi Amedeo of Savoy, Duke of the Abruzzi on his expedition to the area, is now disturbingly apparent.


The Rwenzoris are relatively unexplored, with less than a thousand people per year reaching the summit, Mount Stanley’s Margherita Peak. Photographer Steve Russell’s images of these fragile landscapes reveal a bittersweet quality, highlighting the threat of climate change and the critically important need to conserve the Rwenzori’s precious landscapes.

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