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I author fiction and nonfiction books and book series, write magazine feature articles, and create globally-published photographic imagery. Always working independently, I've pursued a broad scope of interests and fascinations that includes mountaineering and adventure travel, front-line ground and air combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, aviation and space exploration, the study and beauty of the atmosphere, aesthetics throughout nature, and quantum mechanics and the exploration of the most fundamental constituent entities of the universeamong a host of other endeavors. Throughout my entire career I've worked as both a writer and creative photographer, often merging the two arts for a variety of dynamic projects. I'm the author of THE FINAL MISSION OF EXTORTION 17 (Septembr 19, 2017, published by Smithsonian Books and distributed by Penguin Random House), the critically-acclaimed VICTORY POINT (published by the Penguin Group, New York; named a book of the year by the United States Naval Institute) and three other books (two about mountaineering and one about expedition sea kayaking). I'm currently hard at work on a number of incredibly exciting fiction and non-fiction book projects; please check the Books and Upcoming sections for more information and updates. 
I've authored hundreds of feature articles for publications that include Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine (for which I'm a contributing editor), Alpinist, Weatherwise (for which I'm a contributing editor), Foreign Policy (online), Alaska Geographic, Leatherneck Magazine, The Weather Guide Calendar, The Marine Corps Gazette, Climbing Magazine, Rock and Ice Magazine, Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute, Nature Photographer Magazine, Paddler Magazine, The American Alpine Journal, Sea Kayaker Magazine, and others about subjects ranging from the physical geography of Mount McKinley to witnessing and photographing a space shuttle launch, to counterinsurgency theory and practice, to understanding the second law of thermodynamics, among many other topics and experiences. Articles of mine have been re-published and referenced in a broad host of major international media outlets, including The Telegraph, Stern, Yahoo News, Norway's NRK, Finland's Helsingin Sanomat, and many others
Some articles of mine are available online at Weatherwise Magazine, and Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine.
My author profile at Penguin Random House.
My author profile at Smithsonian's Air & Space magazine.
Members of the media interested in interviews or materials, please visit this site's Media Information and Materials page.
My creative rights-managed stock imagery is represented by SuperStock, Getty Images, and further distributed through an international network of over 140 leading specialty agencies. I'm extremely fortunate to have had images of mine used on all types of visual media throughout the globe over the course of my career, including the covers and interiors of some of the world's most widely-read periodicals (and those not so widely-read), the covers and interiors of an array of booksfrom New York Times bestsellers to biology textbookson broadcast and cable television, and all forms of product advertising and packaging, ranging from postage stamps to highway billboards. Images of mine have been used by and have appeared in Smithsonian, Germany's Stern, Vanity Fair, The National Geographic Society, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, The Council on Foreign Relations, The Times, The Sunday Times, Bank of America, The Royal Bank of Scotland, Forbes Magazine, Outside, Sierra, Town and Country, Powder, Popular Science, Geo, Elle, Reader's Digest, Playboy, Canada Post, The United Nations, Random House Publishing, The Penguin Publishing Group, McGraw-Hill, The Rand Corporation, Volkswagen, Discovery Channel, British Petroleum, Time Life Publications, The Guardian, IBM, ABC News, The BBC, People Magazine, New York Magazine, Time Magazine, NBC Television, The Week Magazine, Microsoft, ABC Television, Scientific American, The United States Department of State, The United States National Institute of Health, Mental Floss, The Pew Research Center, Red Bull, The Milken Institute, Conde Nast Traveler, American Airlines, Hachette, Harlequin, Yahoo, Yale University, Harvard Magazine, Victory Motorcycles, The New York Daily News, The Independent, Bloomberg Businessweek, The British Library, The Weather Channel, The Daily Mail, The Daily Telegraph, Scholastic, Lonely Planet, Stanford University, Hallmark Cards, and many other editorial, commercial, institutional, and governmental imagery users. 
You can view and license my photographic imagery through SuperStock or Getty Images.
I'm also a widely published cartographer, with maps I've created having appeared in all books I've authored (including a complete color topographic / bathymetric atlas of Baja California's Sea of Cortez coastline), and Weatherwise Magazine, Alaska Geographic, Rock and Ice, Sea Kayaker, and others. In total I've published over one hundred maps. 
I've appeared on a number of television specials, including the Smithsonian / National Geographic Television documentary Titanic: Case Closed and The Weather Channel documentary Secrets of the Earth: Strange Skies. I've consulted and contributed research to a number of cable and broadcast television news shows, including the CBS weekly show 60 Minutes and CNN's The Lead.
My IMDb Page.
Thank you very much for your interest,
— Ed Darack
Photographed at Num Village, eastern Nepal, while returning to Kathmandu from Makalu Base Camp.
High resolution version of the above image available at this site's Media Information and Materials page.