THE LOST PHOTOGRAPHS OF CAPTAIN SCOTT: Unseen Photographs From the Legendary Antarctic Expedition (NY Times Review)

The Antarctic: NEW YORK TIMES

Courtesy of Richard Kossow

Robert Scott described the weather as “glorious” the day he took this image of pony camp, Nov. 19, 1911.

On this day in 1911 Robert Falcon Scott, en route to the South Pole, was on the Ross Ice Shelf near the gateway to the Beardmore Glacier. “One has a horrid feeling that this is a real bad season,” he wrote in his diary. It would get worse. When he finally reached the pole on Jan. 18, 1912, he found that his party had been beaten by Roald Amundsen’s Norwegian expedition, which had arrived a month before. By the end of March, Scott and his four companions would have perished on the return journey, only 11 miles from a lifesaving depot…

This penchant of Scott’s carried over to photography. He knew it was imperative to bring back a visual record of his expedition and to this end took along a professional, Herbert Ponting, whose photographs and films are well known. Scott had Ponting instruct him, and THE LOST PHOTOGRAPHS OF CAPTAIN SCOTT: Unseen Photographs From the Legendary Antarctic Expedition (Little, Brown, $35) collects 109 of Scott’s prints, many of which have been misplaced over the years. More…

THE LOST PHOTOGRAPHS OF CAPTAIN SCOTT: Unseen Photographs From the Legendary Antarctic Expedition (NY Times Review)

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