Antarctic expedition photography, 1911

Antarctic expedition photography, 1911

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Credit: SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Antarctic expedition photography. British photographer Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935) standing on his head in Antarctica in October 1911. Ponting was official photographer and cinematographer on the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913). Also known as the Terra Nova Expedition, the primary expedition objectives were scientific. Led by Robert Falcon Scott, the shore party of 34 spent two seasons exploring on and around the Ross Ice Shelf. Scott and four others died in 1912 returning from their attempt to be the first to reach the South Pole. Ponting's 1700 photographs are now held by the Scott Polar Research Institute.

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