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Herbert G. Ponting
The 'Terra Nova' Icebound in the Pack
[British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913 (led by Scott on the "Terra Nova")]
1911 (taken) 1914 (print)
Carbon print, green-toned
29¥ x 21¥ in (75.6 x 55.2 cm)
Swann Galleries - New York
flush-mounted with Ponting's debossed signature on recto and a label on mount verso containing the title, number, price and copyright notice.
The first two decades of the 20th century have been called the "heroic age" of Antarctic exploration. Photographer Herbert Ponting was inextricably linked with this era, visually recording both its challenges and successes. Ponting, a self-taught photographer, joined Captain Robert Falcon Scott during the British Antarctic (Terra Nova) Expedition in 1910. He was the first professional photographer, or "camera artist" as he described himself, to be employed on an Antarctic expedition.
This photograph was included in a lot sold at the Swann Galleries auction "Important 19th & 20th Century Photographs" (New York, Mon Oct 15, 2007).