“The writing is surprising in the context of a photography book, and, while the two could seem incongruous at first sight, in reality they are not."
CESARE DELLA PIETÀ | from the foreword
“Stefano Unterthiner's photographs of Il sentiero perduto are a rare combination of the epic and the intimate."
ROSAMUND KIDMAN COX | former editor BBC Wildlife Magazine
“Stefano’s images shine with a quality that comes from passion and a love of the natural world. In this book you will find a collection of such gems."
KATHY MORAN | Senior Editor, Natural History, National Geographic Magazine


“What you hold in your hands is two years of work, but could also be (and in a certain sense is…) the work of a lifetime. My photography began and developed in the mountains, more particularly in those of the Gran Paradiso National Park and above all among the harsh, almost hostile peaks of Valsavarenche. The images in this book describe these places. They tell of encounters with the animals that populate them and which, after the many adventures and emotions I experienced there growing up, I’ve had the good fortune to relive with National Geographic. It’s the story of the flow of time through these valleys, from one autumn to the next”.

STEFANO UNTERTHINER | from the introduction
A book that celebrates the Gran Paradiso National Park, through the story of a great photographer. Il sentiero perduto will transport you to another world, in the tracks of a man searching for himself and a renewed bond with wild nature.
Who’s talking about the book? National Geographic Magazine, Il Corriere, GEO



Edizioni Ylaios (2015)
160 pagine
Prezzo: 42 euro



This special edition extends to only a 100 copies, each individually numbered and signed by Stefano Unterthiner. The fine print included in the work is a limited run and Digigraphie certified. The box cover is handmade in Italy.
Edizioni Ylaios (2015)
160 pages
Price: 180 euro

L'odissea del re

L'odissea del re narrates the long journey that the king penguin makes during the breeding season. Each year, in November, the penguins gather in large colonies for mating. The backdrop is the impassable and fascinating Crozet archipelago, a distant group of islands in the Southern Indian Ocean, a real refuge for thousands of birds. The photographs taken by Stefano Unterthiner, and put together in this book show us the many incredible aspects of life in these colonies where the penguins, but also the albatrosses, cormorants and elephant seals that populate the Antarctic, move, feed, breed with a single constant worry: survival. A fascinating journey at the edge of the planet.
Who's talking about the book? National Geographic Magazine
Contrasto (2008)
160 pages
The italian edition is out of stock



Gli angeli dell'inverno

Six months in the field to document, for the National Geographic Magazine, the life of whooper swans. Hundreds of hours spent flat out on his tummy on the ice or with his feet soaked in a peat bog in the middle of the taiga. Through his photographs Stefano Unterthiner tells us another chapter of animal life. From Japan to Sweden, to Finland: a long and adventurous journey in the enchanted and mysterious world of a species that is a symbol of uncontaminated nature.
With part of the income from sales of the book Gli angeli dell'inverno, Stefano Unterthiner and Ylaios will make a contribution to support The Wildlife & Wetlands Trust’s project for the conservation of wetland areas, where numerous birds nest, including whooper swans. It is our choice to pay 'royalties for wildlife'.
Edizioni Ylaios (2010)
156 pages
DVD “behind the scenes” included with the book (length approx. 22 minutes).
Price: 39 euro

The nights of the bear

Eighty nights in a small hide in the middle of the Finnish taiga. Eighty nights waiting for bears. Season after season, wildlife photographer Stefano Unterthiner reveals his encounters with brown bears, but also with wolves and wolverines. A photographic story that takes us into the kingdom of the most fascinating and mysterious inhabitants of the boreal forests.
With part of the income from sales of the book The nights of the bears, Stefano Unterthiner and Ylaios will make a contribution to support the conservation of the European brown bears through a donation to IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare. It is our choice to pay ‘royalties for wildlife’.
Who’s talking about the book? Alle falde del Kilimangiaro, Repubblica, Il Corriere, La Stampa, TG2
Edizioni Ylaios (2009)
128 pages
Price: 35 euro

The publishing house


Ylaios editions was set up in 2009 by the photographer Stefano Unterthiner. His intention was to create quality books capable of rousing the emotions, telling a good story, and going beyond the simple pleasures of reading and the contemplation of photographs.
Our books are created with meticulous attention to detail: from the page layout to the choice of paper, from the graphic design to the printing. Every aspect is painstakingly attended to and the result is books of unique character, as well as exceptional quality. Above all, each is made in Italy with FSC paper and the utmost respect for the environment. We have also launched the initiative ‘royalties for wildlife’, in which the sale of each book portraying a particular animal means 1 euro donated by Ylaios to an important conservation project.
Ylaios, in Greek, means ‘wild’: a reference to unspoilt nature which we hope, with these editions, to carry into the heart of our readers’ homes.

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