myth of Scott of the Antarctic, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, icon of fortitude
and courage who perished with his fellow explorers on their return from the
South Pole on March 29th, 1912, is an enduring one, elevated,
dismantled and restored during the turbulence of the succeeding century.
now, the legend of the doomed Terra Nova expedition has been constructed out of
Scott's own diaries and those of his companions, the sketches of 'Uncle Bill'
Wilson and the celebrated photographs of Herbert Ponting. Yet for the final, fateful months of
their journey, the systematic imaging of this extraordinary scientific endeavor
was left to Scott himself, trained by Ponting. In the face of extreme climactic conditions and technical
challenges at the dawn of photography, Scott achieved an iconic series of
images; breathtaking polar panoramas, geographical and geological formations,
and action photographs of the explorers and their animals, remarkable for their
technical mastery as well as for their poignancy. Lost, fought over, neglected and finally resurrected,
Scott's final photographs are here collected, accurately attributed and
catalogued for the first time: a new dimension to the last great expedition of
the Heroic Age and a humbling testament to the men whose graves still lie
unmarked in the vastness of the Great Alone.