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Until now, the legend of the doomed Terra Nova expedition has been constructed out of Scott's own diaries and those of his companions, the sketches of 'Uncle Bill' Wilson and the ...
Until now, the legend of the doomed Terra Nova expedition has been constructed out of Scott's own diaries and those of his companions, the sketches of 'Uncle Bill' Wilson and the celebrated photographs of Herbert Ponting. Yet for the final, fateful months of their journey, the systematic imaging of this extraordinary scientific endeavor was left to Scott himself, trained by Ponting. In the face of extreme climactic conditions and technical challenges at the dawn of photography, Scott achieved an iconic series of images; breathtaking polar panoramas, geographical and geological formations, and action photographs of the explorers and their animals, remarkable for their technical mastery as well as for their poignancy. Lost, fought over, neglected and finally resurrected, Scott's final photographs are here collected, accurately attributed and catalogued for the first time: a new dimension to the last great expedition of the Heroic Age and a humbling testament to the men whose graves still lie unmarked in the vastness of the Great Alone.
Posted November 18, 2011
It is amazing to see "new" photos of Scott's expedition on its 100th anniversary. The narrative is engaging and provides some new perspectives on Scott, Ponting, and Debenham's relationships relative to the expeditions photo documentation, their cataloging, and disposition. The photos themselves, as a collection, are outstanding and bring the reader into the struggle and the cold of the Ice Barrier and the Beardmore Glacier. You 'll want a blanket and hot cup of coffee or tea nearby when you open it!
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