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The Lost Photographs Of Captain Scott [Hardcover]

Dr. David M. Wilson
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6 Oct 2011

Captain Scott perished with four of his fellow explorers on their return from the South Pole in March 1912. Almost immediately the myth was founded, based on Scott's diaries, turning him into an icon of courage in the face of impossible circumstances.

But during the final months of that journey Scott also took a series of breathtaking photographs: panoramas of the continent, superb depictions of mountains and formations of ice and snow, and photographs of the explorers on the polar trail. But these photos have never been seen - initially fought over, neglected, then lost - until now, that is. For the first time, they are resurrected and are a humbling testament to the men whose graves still lie unmarked in the vastness of the Great Alone.


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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown; 2011 First Edition edition (6 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408703009
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408703007
  • Product Dimensions: 26.1 x 29 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 25,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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* A truly astounding book revealing Captain Scott's final expedition through the pictures he took himself

About the Author

David M. Wilson is the great-nephew of the Chief of the Scientific Staff, Dr. Edward Wilson, who died with Captain Scott and his fellow explorers.


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43 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Polar journey in photographs 12 Oct 2011
By KevR
Format:Hardcover
David Wilson has woven text and photographs, many taken by Scott himself, to produce a wonderful book that really does transport you back to that heroic polar journey. The landscapes of Scott, especially on the Beardmore, are stunning. But for me it is the calm and peaceful photographs of the many stops enroute to the pole that are, well, quite sad. At pony camp (S57, S36)and especially S60, where you can almost stroke Victor, Christopher, and of course Snippets, like all of them captured by Scott so that we, a hundred years later, can witness their moment. Of course we know their fate, but for now, on these pages, they are alive and 'kicking'. Later on we see their epic struggle, the iconic image of polar exploration, those same ponies heading into the whitness of the Antarctic landscape dragging the loaded sledges. We know the story but this book is a great memory to that journey.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelatory 17 Feb 2012
By Otto99 VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
I'll add to the praise being heaped on this book. There are many books on Scott and other Antarctic explorers these days, many far from essential, but this is undoubtedly one to add to the collection if you have an interest in the subject.

The text is excellent and does a marvellous job in describing the entire expedition for the uninitiated, as well as providing plenty of fresh insight for those in the know. I consider myself something of an old hand on the subject of Scott but I learnt several new things. The maps are also superb, clearly identifying the features referred to and amongst the best I've seen.

The photographs are, of course, the main point to the book and are reproduced to a high standard. Scott was learning the photographer's art from Ponting and many of the early shots are experimental with varying degrees of success. Seeing Scott's first attempts helps appreciate how quickly he learnt and how well he came to understand photography in difficult conditions. Some of the later photographs, in particular those taken on the Beardmore Glacier, stand comparison with Ponting's work. The pity is that Scott never got to see the results.

Finally, I would suggest that anybody who buys this book also buys Scott's Journals (available for around a fiver) if you don't already have them. Reading the daily entries (where Scott sometimes mentions that he has been taking photographs) and then studying the photographs at the same time really adds a lot to the experience and helps make you appreciate the different aspects of the expedition far more. The sequences showing the ponies trudging through white-out conditions and drifting snow on the Barrier cannot fail to move, and reading Scott's anguish at the situation make these images really come alive.

Well-worth spending your money on.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Golden Age of Polar Exploration 8 Nov 2011
Format:Hardcover
Great photos with intelligent accompanying text.

There is something very moving in these historic photos that document the best in human endeavour and companionship.
A must for anyone interested in the subject.

This book makes a great companion to the excellent "Heart of the Great Alone".
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The lost photographs of Captain Scott 4 Nov 2011
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I'm a great admirer of the Scott Expedition, and this is a fantastic addition to my collection. How the explorers must have suffered in this environment and were so brave, and pushed on relentlessly through it to get to their goal. Superb pictures coming from very early equipment which worked even in this terrible enviroment. Wonderfulo memorial to them all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Photos Scott took but never saw 8 Jan 2012
Format:Hardcover
How poignant to think that Captain Scott sent back the last, undeveloped, rolls of film as he headed on the last stage to the South Pole - and never got so see what great pictures he took. And how incredible to think that they were lost for decades, so that everyone else forgot he'd taken great pictures.

Still, we have the great good fortune that this book collects together over a hundred photographs taken by Captain Scott. There are early pictures around the Base Camp, and practice with Ponting, the professional photographer on the expedition. Still, the key photos are of the men and ponies marching across the great white plain of the Ross Ice Shelf, and of men and sledges struggling up the Beardmore Glacier. There are also wonderful, calm images of the camps too - ponies in the sunshine, or men drawing and painting.

And the text is worth close attention too. David M. Wilson has a lot to say on the expedition itself and on the way it has been remade in the minds of each subsequent generation of commentators.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars John says 19 Jan 2012
By John
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I bought this for Christmas for a nephew aged 16. He loved it and found it fascinating. Whilst in my brief possession couldn't resist careful reading. What a book. Beautiful and haunting photography illuminate these brave men's expeditions which have captured all our imaginations. I can't recommend this highly enough, and am getting my own.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott 5 Jan 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The pictures were fascinating and it was refreshing to read something about Scott which contradicts the somewhat received wisdom that his expedition was a complete failure. However, the actual narrative was often badly written and repetitive, repeatedly emphasizing the allegory of Jonah and the Whale as though Scott's expedition was fated by God to fail because of the use of cameras! Aside from this, a number of the pictures in the collection were missing and only added as thumbnails at the end, thus making the image virtually indiscernable. That said, those pictures which were published provide a unique insight in to travails of those men who were at the forefront of Polar exploration. In this sense, I would recommend it; but not at £12 a pop.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I am very interested in this era of Antarctic exploration ...
I am very interested in this era of Antarctic exploration. Cannot rate the book itself yet as I hope my wife will give it to me for Christmas.
Published 1 month ago by Mike Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Dr David M. Wilson is a distant relative of mine.
Published 3 months ago by Judith Chamberlain
5.0 out of 5 stars A great collection of Scott's personal snapshots
A great collection of Scott's personal snapshots, and best read as an accompaniment to Ponting's 'With Scott to the Pole.'
Published 3 months ago by Bob G
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely photographs.
Bought as a gift to accompany the Journals of Captain Scott last expedition. They accompany each other well. Good quality book.
Published 5 months ago by Deborah Di Martino
4.0 out of 5 stars Lost Records
Very interesting to read about the photographic history of this epic expedition. These are Scott's own attempts to master the craft of photography and some of his attempts are not... Read more
Published 6 months ago by spotty
5.0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous.
I bought this for my brother for his 50th birthday as he is an avid fan of Scott and all such expeditions. It truly is a gorgeous book and the black and white photos look great. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book
I gave this to my husband for Christmas. It is a high-quality book with lots of pictures and also an informative text. Read more
Published 9 months ago by jill
5.0 out of 5 stars a super item from the past
a great addition to every collection of polar expeditions . A great illustrated book - forgotten pictures , but what a team spirit
Published 9 months ago by Peter van Wellen
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This book is another insight into the capabilities of Scott and although the photos are not up to the standard of his mentor, Ponting, its a good read
Published 13 months ago by No name
5.0 out of 5 stars captain scott book
so pleased i ordered this book on captain scott,great book,great photos ,lovely book to read and study.great value would recommend.thank you,quick delivery. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Mrs. T. R. Smith
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