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The Alpha, Alaska, 2014

The leader of the pack is the Alpha female, and even though she is the smallest she is breaking through the fresh snow to make a trail for her mate and their pups who are all over 2 years old by this picture and much bigger than their mother. The pack had just been feeding on a Moose kill site for several days, filling themselves before moving on, as they may not have another chance to feed that well for a month.

I tracked this pack by plane with scientists over several weeks. They had received a faint signal from an old collar on one of them. The wolves could only really be photographed in large areas of snow so that their bodies could clearly be seen, and when they were in other territories with more trees or earth showing they were often hard to find and even harder to photograph. This was the result of many weeks of work and research and a little luck.

Location: Denali National Park, Alaska
Photograph Date: 2014
Medium: Chromogenic Print
Edition: 200
Available Sizes: 70cm 100cm 150cm 200cm

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About the Photographer

Aaron Huey

Aaron Huey has photographed a combined 20 feature stories for the National Geographic Magazines. He is currently a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine, and a contributing editor at National Geographic Traveler. He is also a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, and only the second photographer to appear on the 160 year old masthead. Huey also shoots for The New Yorker, the Smithsonian magazine, the New York Times, Time, Newsweek, GEO and dozens of others.

Huey is widely known for his 3,349 mile, solo walk across America (with his dog Cosmo). The 2002 journey lasted 154 days. There was no media coverage. They walked every step. Following the walk Huey took a 3 year hiatus from shooting photos to build an artist in residence program, from the ground up, on the Pecos River east of Santa Fe. Aaron wears gold shoes and can OWN a dance floor if you give him a little bit of funk.

Huey teaches workshops and seminars in the US and works with small groups organized by National Geographic Expeditions. He is a seasoned public speaker, with lectures featured by TED.com and the Annenberg Space for Photography.

Aaron is currently in residency at Stanford University as a 2012 Knight Fellow where he is expanding the possibilities for photojournalism through radical collaborations with artists like Shepard Fairey (the most prolific street artist in America), visionary web artist Jonathan Harris, and a diverse think tank of Knight Journalism Fellows from around the world.

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