Online talk: Herbert Ponting: Scott’s Antarctic Photographer and Pioneer Filmmaker

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Date(s) - 21st Jun 2021


In 1909, in London, Salisbury-born Herbert Ponting was recruited by Captain Scott to record, in photographs and on film, his second Antarctic expedition, one in which Cheltenham’s Edward Wilson would play a leading role. During May and June 1911, in the sunless depths of Antarctica’s winter, Ponting showed his companions images not only of Antarctica, but of Japan, India, China and other places he had worked as a photographer and journalist.

Ponting, one of the most widely travelled of Scott’s expedition team, had initially worked as a bank-clerk in Liverpool before emigrating to post-Gold Rush California where, after several years ranching and mining, he became a professional photographer. In Antarctica, Ponting and Edward Wilson regularly worked on the same subjects, discussing the challenges they faced, praising each other’s work, learning from each other. While Wilson travelled to the South Pole, Ponting remained behind, filming the wildlife and ice formations which were the basis of the expedition’s scientific legacy. Anne’s new biography of Ponting is her third book about members of the Terra Nova expedition, and in this talk she will talk about Ponting’s wide-ranging travels, achievements and about the man behind the camera.

Venue: online     Time: 10:30am


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