Photographic darkroom in Antarctica, 1911

Photographic darkroom in Antarctica, 1911

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Credit: SCOTT POLAR RESEARCH INSTITUTE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Photographic darkroom in Antarctica. Darkroom of British photographer Herbert George Ponting (1870-1935) on 24 March 1911 during the British Antarctic Expedition (1910-1913). Ponting was the official expedition photographer. Also known as the Terra Nova Expedition, the primary objectives were scientific. Led by Robert Falcon Scott, a shore party of 33 spent two seasons exploring on and around the Ross Ice Shelf. Scott and four others died in 1912 returning from their journey to the South Pole. Ponting's 1700 photographic plates, some published in 'The Great White South' (1921), are now held by the Scott Polar Research Institute.

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