Inside Mother Earth

A Fantastic Journey into Our Planet’s Interior

Nearly the entire surface of the Earth has been photographed and documented. Our world has grown too small for us. But has everything really been researched, surveyed and settled, designed and built upon as we see it? When we turn our gaze inward and view the Earth’s interior, we discover new and far greater dimensions. Max Wisshak’s flashbulbs illuminate realms that otherwise dwell in eternal darkness, where he photographs a hidden world full of fairytale beauty.

With his artistic sensitivity for contrast and pictorial composition, he has succeeded in creating pictures which capture the magic that awaits travelers who dare to descend into the depths of the Earth, to enter an inner world and delve into the roots of our essential being. In the midst of this wondrous world stands the solitary human being, small, with no one but himself to rely upon, and connected to life on the surface like a spider hanging from a gossamer thread.

This photobook by the dedicated scientist, speleologist and photographer Max Wisshak is not only a highlight for speleologists and geologists, but also and above all for people who are interested in nature and who haven’t yet forgotten how to gaze in awe at the beauty of our world.

- Preface by Prof. Dr. Ernst Waldemar Bauer (book author, biologist, television publicist and documentary filmmaker)

- Introductory text “Getting to the Bottom of Caves” by Max Wisshak (geologist, paleontologist and photographer)

- Foreword “A Journey into the Interior” by Angela Lang (speleologist and photographer)

- Foreword “Light in the Darkness” by Jean-Pierre


Press comments and reviews

Descent (England)

”Once in a while a book of cave photos comes along that has no pretence of being anything other than that: excellent photographs displayed to best advantage. Inside Mother Earth is a true coffee-table book, in other words, and an extremely good one at that... In general, the presentation might best be described as ‘moody’ – there are plenty of blacks within the images and, while some photos bleed off the page edges, others are set into double-page spreads so that only a small portion glows with light. This is, it has to be said, a great design approach and Inside Mother Earth benefits a great deal. Equally, it is not without danger: rich blacks require plenty of ink and a paper quality that will not show through or suffer, and thankfully the publisher has stepped up to the mark and hit the mark.” (Chris Howes)

International Journal of Speology (Italy)

”Turning the pages has made me explore some intimate places hidden in the Earth’s crust, in France, Germany, Austria, Romania, the Guadeloupe Mountains in America and Waikoto in New Zealand, all of this comfortably sitting in my couch in the living room. One hundred and twenty four pagefull phantastic pictures of the many caves visited by Max Wisshak are reproduced at the end of the book with a short description. Many pictures have nice geological explainations since the photographer is also a geologist. And Max is also young enough to continue surprising us with his breathtaking cave pictures from places where many of us would never be able to go to. A remarkable piece of art, skilfully created by the photographer and put into value by this editor. This book would be a desiarable present under the Christmas tree, but if one would not want to gamble on this eventuality he would do good in ordering the book online. It is certainly worth its money.”( Joe De Waele)

Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger (Germany)

“Miracle upon miracle sometimes await discovery beneath the inconspicuous slopes of mountains. Inside Mother Earth invites its reader to behold more than 100 fascinatingly beautiful images that will make him yearn to follow in Wisshak’s footsteps, to abseil into the veins of the earth and to wander there awed and amazed.”

Spéléo Magazine (France)

“This magnificent photographic opus is the creation of an author who is simultaneously a scientist, a speleologist and a photographer. Leafing through its pages, the beauty and novelty of the images reawaken emotions that I hadn’t felt since 1991, when the Swiss at SpeleoProjekt published a book entitled “Lechilla, la plus belle caverne du monde”…. I’m sure that you too will be instantly seduced by this photobook, which I wholeheartedly and enthusiastically recommend for your library or as wonderful a gift...” (Serge Caillault).

Darmstädter Echo (Germany)

“Mother Nature as architect: the fascinating world of caves! This opulent photobook vividly conveys the experience underground. With each successive page, the reader becomes progressively more astonished by the colors and shapes that emerge from the hadean gloom…”

Esslinger Zeitung (Germany)

“Max Wisshak isn’t only a cave explorer and geologist: he’s also a talented photographer.”

Spéléo Magazine (Frankreich)

”C’est tout simplement un magnifique ouvrage photographique réalisé par un auteur à la fois scientifique, spéléologque et photographe. En admirant les clichés au fil des pages, je retrouve ces sensations de beauté et de nouveauté que je n’avais plus ressenti depuis la parution en 1991 du livre consacré à ”Lechuguilla, la plus belle caverne du monde” par les suisses de SpeleoProjekt... Comme moi, vous serez à coup sûr séduit par cet ouvrage que je vous conseille sans retenue d’acquérir et d’offrir...” Par Serge Caillault.

Giessener Allgemeine (Germany)

“The photos and texts by the scientist make this photobook into an overall artwork.”

Tagesanzeiger Zürich (Switzerland)

“A treasure trove of forms under the earth… Wisshak’s pictures convey a fascinating impression of millennially ancient structures that had never before been seen by human eyes.”

Reutlinger Gerneralanzeiger (Germany)

“In the miraculous world of caves… Overwhelmingly beautiful photos… The book’s highlights are undoubtedly the photos of the strange scenery and bizarre rock formations inside the caverns, briefly illuminated by photographic flashbulbs before they plunged back into eternal darkness.”

Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (Germany)

“A journey into the interior of the earth. These photos depict cavernous worlds in full-field and close-up shots: here are subterranean landscapes and their details, often with incredible visual appeal.”

Max Online (Germany)

“Magical paths: Max Wisshak’s new cave photobook proves that stony routes can be extremely fascinating.”

Augsburger Allgemeine (Germany)

“A glimpse into the underworld. A black and gloomy world. Deeply concealed yet unbelievably close. Few adventurers dare to descend into the depths that await discovery beneath our known world.... Bizarre ice sculptures, impenetrable troglodytic labyrinths and gigantic dripstone formations repeatedly leave even the soberest scientists dumbstruck with awe. The geologist Max Wisshak has captured these magic moments with his camera.”


inside mother earth

Photography:Max Wisshak
ISBN 978-3-934020-67-2
dimensions 24 x 30 cm
152 pages
144 full-color photographs
texts in German , English, French
hardcover thread-bound
with dust jacket
price 49,90 EUR
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