Lost photos of Captain Scott revealed in new book

06 October 2011

Unseen photographs taken by the famous explorer are revealed in a new book, The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott, published today.

Largely forgotten, the photos were taken by Captain Robert Falcon Scott himself in 1912, during the last fateful months of his epic Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole. 

Captain Scott (centre) and crew, 13 April 1911.

Captain Scott (centre) and crew, 13 April 1911. © H Ponting photograph, Pennell collection Canterbury Museum NZ, 1975.289.28 (detail)

A selection of the photos will be on display in the exhibition, Scott's Last Expedition, opening at the Natural History Museum, London, on 20 January 2012. Tickets go on sale today.

The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott is written by Polar historian Dr David M Wilson, great-nephew of the Chief of the Scientific Staff, Dr Edward Wilson, who died with Captain Scott and his fellow explorers.

Most of the photographs in the book have not been seen before. A handful were published shortly after Scott’s death, but most of the 120 surviving images have never been published

The series of breathtaking photos capture panoramas of the continent, superb depictions of mountains and formations of ice and snow, and portraits of the explorers on the polar trail. 

Scott was trained by Herbert Ponting, the official expedition photographer, who had his own dark room in Scott's hut. 

The Scott's Last Expedition exhibition is a partnership between the Natural History Museum, London, the Antarctic Heritage Trust and Canterbury Museum, Christchurch, New Zealand, where it opens in November 2012.

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