October 22, 2011 + 3:59 pm = POST #52

Just got my copy of The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott in the mail.

Captain Scott perished with four of his fellow explorers while returning from the South Pole in March 1912. Until now, the legend of the fatal expedition has been based on diaries and sketches and the celebrated photographs of the expedition’s professional photographer, Herbert Ponting. What has not been recognised is that the principal visual record intended to be left to posterity was provided by Scott himself through his own photography. 109 small silver-gelatin contact prints, 4 inches by 3.25 inches (10 cm x 8 cm) in size and stored in a standard black plastic photograph folder, three to a page.┬áThese photographs were fought over, neglected and then lost for more than half a century.


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