Books by Matthias Breiter

Each book is written and photographed by Matthias Breiter. Any images in the books or the online galleries are available to purchase as prints. Please contact us for more information.

Inside Passage

Inside Passage is an intimate portrait of the world-famous sea route in along Alaska’s coast. Award-winning photographer, author and biologist, Matthias Breiter, has traveled the waters along North America’s northwest coast aboard ferries, fishing vessels, tug boats, pleasure craft, and kayaks for twenty years. Through stunning images and inspirational, fact-filled text, this book celebrates one of the most scenic and biologically-rich regions on earth. This book placed gold at the 2011 Independent Publisher Book Awards. Matthias Breiter’s stunning book explores the nooks and crannies of this natural wonder with photos and stories that will take your breath away.

The pages of this book were printed on chlorine free paper made with 10% post-consumer waste, saving 6 fully grown trees, 2,677 gallons of water, 163 pounds of solid waste and 556 pounds of greenhouse gases. Printed in Canada.

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(Stunning Photography – September 13, 2011 By Dr. Bojan Tunguz – Indiana, USA) “Matthias Breiter’s book “Inside Passage” is a visually stunning coffee-table book that goes well beyond what one can expect from this genre. The photographs are incredibly crisp and beautiful and they do the justice to this astonishing area. Breiter also provides a lot of useful information about the Inside Passage, especially when it comes to the biodiversity of this region. The writing is inspiring and easy to read, with a lot of personal insights. The book’s landscape format is particularly suitable for, well, pictures of landscapes. Some of the inside spreads are among the most beautiful ones I have ever seen. This is a great book about a remarkable region. It will inspire wanderlust in all true nature lovers. Short of setting out on a trip to visit the Inside Passage though, this book is the closest that one can get to appreciating its otherworldly beauty.”

Price: $39.95

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Wild Alaska

Wild Alaska is a breathtaking exploration of the entire state, covering it from the rainforests of the Panhandle to the windswept islands of the Bering Sea and to the Arctic plains in the far north. Both through images and words, this stunning and inspirational book pays respects to the states immense diversity in the landforms and in its wildlife. Wild Alaska is a celebration of the beauty of nature and a declaration of love for the state.

The pages of this book were printed on chlorine free paper made with 10% post-consumer waste, saving 6 fully grown trees, 2,677 gallons of water, 163 pounds of solid waste and 556 pounds of greenhouse gases. Printed in Canada.

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Alaska covers 615,230 square miles, stretching 2,400 miles east to west and over 1,400 miles north to south. Its coastline is nearly double that of the rest of the country. Temperate rainforest envelopes mountainsides in the far south whereas Arctic semi-desert spreads in the north. Over eighty percent of all sea birds in the United States occur in the western part of the state alone. The majority of the total population of bald eagles and grizzlies thrive in Alaska. More than a dozen species of whales live in its coastal waters. Migrating salmon choke streams so that it appears possible to cross the water walking on their backs. Seventeen of the twenty loftiest peaks in the United States are found in Alaska including the roof of North America, Mount McKinley. Thirty active volcanos dot the Alaska Peninsula and the Aleutain Chain. Alaska defies generalization. It is a land of truly continental dimensions and global significance.

Price: $39.95

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Bears of Katmai

This book portrays brown bears as what they are: highly adaptable animals that defy generalization. Matthias Breiter draws on his vast experience among the Bears of Katmai to offer a different perspective on these animals. He shares his unique insights into the daily lives of the bears throughout the seasons. Each chapter describes a different bear at a specific stage in its life: cubs exploring their environment in their first spring; large males fighting for supremacy over fishing sites in the summer; and ‘Diver’, the calm Methuselah of the bears of the Brooks River, catching salmon as the snow flies in the late fall.

Edition: English Language 2008 - Printed in Canada.

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Matthias Breiter’s spectacular photographs and articles have been published worldwide. The Bears of Katmai has won broad public acclaim and has been called a work of art. Reviews: “Buy this book for the outstanding photographs!!! I thouroughly enjoyed this book, and everytime I pick it up, I get this urge to fly to Alaska to see these magnificent creatures.” (William R. Kramer, Jun 2003) “This book is beautiful … Matthias Breiter may very well be the most knowledgeable naturalist on earth when it come to brown bears.” (April V., Jun 2001)

Price: $19.95

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Bears: A Year in the Life

“What good is a bear?” Matthias Breiter opens this thoughtful and superbly illustrated book, Bears: A Year in the Life with this surprising question. He answers it by taking us on a fascinating journey through an entire year in the life of North America’s great bears – the black bear, the brown bear and the polar bear.

Beginning in February when the bears first wake from hibernation and give birth, we watch these magnificent creatures hunt, feed, play mate and breed until the return of winter, when the need to hibernate begins the cycle again. Bears is packed with facts and details gained over a lifetime of study and photography by its internationally renowned author, Matthias Breiter.

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Reviews: “Award-winning biologist and wildlife photographer Matthias Breiter chronicles the story of the mother brown bear in his new book, Bears: A Year In The Life. Through his excellent pictures, bears are seen as survival specialists. From the icy wastes of the Arctic, where the polar bear rules supreme, to the suburban haunts of America’s black bears, these intelligent, inquisitive creatures are adept at eking out a living.” (Sunday Express, Dec 2007) “Matthias Breiter’s devotion to his subjects is clear. Follow three species of bears for an entire year, as they emerge bleary-eyed from hibernation, fish for salmon or meet woodpeckers while climbing trees – a gorgeous chronicle of bear life.” Wanderlust (Feb 2008) “That Breiter is a biologist as well as an accomplished photographer is clear. Here, he takes you closer to the bears of North America than I would otherwise have dared without him…Reaching the end of the book, I realised that I had entered the North American bear’s world with a wonderful guide and mentor.” BBC Wildlife (Jan 2008)

Price: $24.95

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