• August 1, 2009
  • Photography
  • $19.95
  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN-13: 9780979634994
  • Trim: 12.4in × 12.4in

Incredible Stunts

The Chaos, Crashes, and Courage of the World’s Wildest Stuntmen & Daredevils

Jeffrey R. Werner

Incredible Stunts is like Fear Factor on steroids. Famed action photographer and photojournalist Jeffery R. Werner has assembled an amazing collection of images from his exclusive archive of photos taken over the past two decades of daredevils and stuntmen pushing themselves to the limit. This is the first full-length, extensive photo book of stunts, extreme sports, and daredevil mayhem created for both kids and adults alike. Daredevils inhabit an adrenaline-drenched world where motorcycles fly, people dive through flaming infernos, airplanes hug the ground, and bodies are shattered more often than records. New faces come and go so fast that the only regulars are the paramedics who pick up the pieces. Daredevils are an extreme form of stuntmen who, like Evel Knievel, do increasingly dangerous stunts, searching for that elusive combination of fame, fortune, and glory. This concept made Evel Knievel millions as he gambled his life on jumping ever further on his motorcycle, setting a Guinness World Record for the most broken bones from over a dozen major crashes during his career.

This is the sort of legacy on which legions of daredevils stake their lives and their livelihoods. No one knows this bizarre world better than Jeffery R. Werner who, at times, has had to risk his own life to capture these death-defying images. Werner has spent nearly three decades traveling to over sixty countries to cover the high-velocity drama and mayhem captured for posterity in this book. Dubbed the da Vinci of daredevil photography, he has carved his niche as the best action photographer in the business. Werner's ability to capture what Cartier-Bresson called the decisive moment in this dynamic collection of daredevils and other eccentrics is unmatched by anyone, anywhere. Incredible Stunts also explores the world of film and TV stunts, as well as the stunt masters whose innovative skills inject an air of impossibility into every action sequence they create and choreograph. For his spectacular body of work, Werner was inducted into the Stuntworld Hall of Fame, an honor never before bestowed on a still photographer.

Jeffery R. Werner was born and raised in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduating from Mankato State University with a dual degree in journalism and criminology, Werner began to freelance as a writer/photographer and has been doing so for almost three decades, visiting more than sixty countries in his photographic pursuits. Werner specializes in action photography, but he is also well known for his work with exotic animals, celebrities in their homes, remote aboriginal people, sideshow eccentrics, and people who have overcome incredible obstacles. His work has been published in A Day in the Life of Hollywood and in hundreds of magazines worldwide, including Life, Time, People, Marie Claire, Smithsonian, Playboy, and Maxim. Werner is also the founder and CEO of the Incredible Features photo agency. He is based in Los Angeles, California.