Face to Face: Polar Portraits

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A lavish account of pioneering polar photography and modern portraiture, Face to Face brings together in a single volume both rare, unpublished treasures from the historic collections of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), University of Cambridge, alongside cutting-edge modern imagery from expedition photographer Martin Hartley.

The first book to examine the history and role of polar exploration photography, Face to Face is a unique project of unsurpassed quality. Face to...

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Overview

A lavish account of pioneering polar photography and modern portraiture, Face to Face brings together in a single volume both rare, unpublished treasures from the historic collections of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), University of Cambridge, alongside cutting-edge modern imagery from expedition photographer Martin Hartley.

The first book to examine the history and role of polar exploration photography, Face to Face is a unique project of unsurpassed quality. Face to Face features the very first polar photographs, the first portraits of explorers, some of the earliest photographs of the Inuit, the first polar photographs to appear in a book, and rare images never before published from many of the Heroic-Age Antarctic expeditions. Almost all the historic imagery - daguerreotypes, magic lantern slides, glass plate negatives and images from private albums - that have been rediscovered during research for this book have never been before the public eye. Alongside fifty of the world's finest historic polar portraits from the SPRI collections are fifty modern-day images by leading expedition photographer Martin Hartley, who has captured men and women of many nations, exploring, working, and living in the Polar Regions today.

In addition to this remarkable collection is a foreword written by respected adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, two fascinating essays examining polar photography 'then' and 'now' by polar historian Dr Huw Lewis-Jones; and an afterword by the best-selling author Hugh Brody. Polar Portraits is the first volume in the Face to Face series.

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With this collection of photographs and portraits of explorers, Lewis-Jones provides us with a visual history of the men and women, the explorers and documentarians—Robert Falcon Scott, Ernest Henry Shackleton, Mary Qulitalik—who studied and settled the most unforgiving regions of the world. Lewis-Jones brings together classic black-and-white images—stark glass-plate negatives, daguerreotypes, and magic lantern slides, some never before made public—from the Scott Polar Research Institute, and modern-day color portraits of people working and living in polar regions from renowned expedition photographer Martin Hartley. Images of ice-crusted faces, parka-covered heads, bleak landscapes of ice, and steely, determined gazes work with biographical information and commentary to tell the story of exploration and life, and give us a glimpse at the enduring spirit and curiosity that drove individuals to explore the furthest reaches of our planet. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844860999
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 8/3/2010
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,445,969
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 10.70 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Dr Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian and editor with a PhD from the University of Cambridge. Huw was Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute and the National Maritime Museum and is now an award-winning author who writes and lectures widely about maritime history, exploration and the visual arts. His books include Arctic, Ocean Portraits, In Search of the South Pole, and Mountain Heroes, which won Adventure Book of the Year at the World ITB Awards in Germany. Huw is currently Editorial Director of the indie publisher Polarworld.

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    When did the age of exploration fade? When did a trip to the arctic cease being the work of heroes and become a lark for adrenaline junkies? There was one moment when standing on the North Pole became just a check mark on an Extreme Tourist's to-do list. You can watch that moment unfold in this collection of amazing photos taken from The Scott Polar Research Institute. You'll see nineteenth century men in wool, fur and leather set against 21st century X-gamers clad in goretex and corporate logos. You'll see "eskimos" who'd never seen outsiders before, and you'll see their descendants who now earn a handsome living guiding rich tourists. You'll also witness the moment when the new artform, photography, stepped out of the Victorian parlors and hit the road. Today arctic visitor snap a quick pic with their iPhone in an instant. In 1875 photographers lugged heavy equipment over the ice in sub-zero temperatures and learned the hard way that mother polar bears are not pleased to have their young captured on film. But the images they brought back are truly stunning. The faces of the men and women in this book (both modern and vintage) will take your breath away and break your heart. Some of the earliest photographic plates were recovered from the bodies of the dead men who gave their lives to record the savage beauty of the top of the world.

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