Herbert PONTING, End of the Barne Glacier Enlarge 1 /1


England 1870 – 1935

End of the Barne Glacier [Weathered ice, Captain Scott's expedition] 1911 Materials & Technique: photographs, green carbon photograph

Primary Insc: Signed recto, l.l., blue pen (over image) "H.G. Ponting". Dated recto, l.l., blue pen (over image) "... 1910". Titled recto, c., on mount, black pen "WEATHERED ICE"; also recto, l.l., blue pen (over image) "Capt. Scott's Exp. ...".
Dimensions: printed image 44.8 h x 32.4 w cm card mount 46.2 h x 33.6 w cm
Acknowledgement: Gift of Paul Mallard 1989
Accession No: NGA 89.2196

Photographs brought in money for an expedition as well as possible fame and fortune for the photographer. Ponting spent the summer hard at work photographing around the camp. The winter he spent developing his negatives, printing some contact prints and giving lectures to the men, showing lantern slides of his time in Japan as well as Antarctic scenes. He also taught photography to other members of the team, including Debenham, Wright, Gran, Taylor, Bowers and Scott. Scott wrote of Ponting, ‘My incursion into photography has bought me in close touch with him and I realise what a very good fellow he is; no pains are too great for him to take to help and instruct others, while his enthusiasm for his own work is unlimited’.

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