22 November 2005 - 6 March 2006
Australian National Maritime Museum
Two famous photographers focus on the treacherous beauty of Antarctica in a new exhibition coming to the Australian National Maritime Museum
English-born Herbert Ponting (1870 - 1935), self-taught and considering himself a camera artist, accompanied Scotts fatal British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913.
The first official cameraman on an Antarctic voyage, he brought the first images of the continents frozen landscapes to the rest of the world.
Ponting built his own darkroom at Cape Evans to develop and store the thousands of pictures he took during his 14 months with Scott. He returned to New Zealand while Scott and his team made their disastrous attempt on the South Pole.
His work in the National Maritime Museum exhibition includes framed prints of Scotts ship Terra Nova in turbulent seas heading towards Antarctica, the ship surrounded by ice, caverns in the ice and Scotts party celebrating Christmas in a timber hut.
Australian Frank Hurley (1885-1962) went on three expeditions to Antarctica between 1911 and 1930. He was an official war photographer in WWI and WWII and he became well known for his photography of Asia and the South Pacific in the 1920s.
As a member of Sir Ernest Shackletons Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-1917 he recorded the unfolding drama as the ship Endurance was trapped and crushed in ice and the expeditions 28 men lived five months on moving ice floes before escaping to the relative safety of Elephant Island.
Included in the exhibition will be Hurleys famous pictures of the trapped Endurance and Shackletons party hauling the three life boats James Caird, Dudley Docker and Stancomb Willis across the ice to make their escape.
The exhibition includes a total of 27 framed images.
The Australian National Maritime Museum, at Darling Harbour, is open daily from 9.30 am to 5 pm. Entry to the museum, including Antarctic Views by Hurley and Ponting, is free. Admission charges apply to the museums Navy vessels and the HM Bark Endeavour replica. Inquiries, (02) 9298 3777.
Image: The Ice Cavern... Herbert Ponting produced some of his most famous works when Sir Robert Scotts ship Terra Nova reached safe anchorage at McMurdo Sound (1911) on Scotts ill-fated British Antarctic Expedition of 1910-1913. Here Terra Nova is seen through the entrance to an ice cavern. Photo: Herbert Ponting, by courtesy of popperfoto.com