These amazing photos may look like something created through an imaginative mind and a computer, but they are very much real. The pictures are from a recent photoshoot by Robert Bösch for outdoor equipment company Mammut. Bösch assembled a team of hundreds of well-trained mountaineers to scale the Alps in carefully planned formations as part of a special photo project for the brand’s 2015 ad campaign.
With the difficult conditions provided by the Alps, getting the mountaineers into just the right formation for each photo was no easy task. Using climbing gear and suspension ropes, the team climbed to precise positions directed by Bösch. Perhaps most impressive was a recreation of the path taken by Edward Whymper on his ascension of the Matterhorn 150 years ago. After reaching their spots, the climbers waited until dawn to shine bright red lights which lit the famous mountaineer’s route.
The iconic photo in homage to Whymper’s summit is the first which appears below, to see more about how it was made watch the making of video at the end of this page.