Fairbanks, AK - Photographer Albert Lewis never thought much of mushing. He lived in Anchorage for three years before he made his way to the ceremonial start of the Iditarod. “I was pessimistic against the race," he says, "thinking that the handling of the dogs was not fair or perhaps not even nice and I was completely blown away. These dogs were completely in their element.” Over the past year, Lewis has traveled Alaska, photographing more than 300 of the state’s best known sled dogs. The photos were published this fall in Lewis first book ‘Born to Run: Athletes of the Iditarod.' As Lewis tells KUAC’s Emily Schwing, his goal was to note the achievements of mushing’s true athletes.
(*Note: This is an extended version of the interview heard on KUAC 89.9 FM)