The Lost Photographs Of Captain Scott Hardcover – 6 Oct 2011
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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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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.
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.
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".
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a fantastic book and a great addition to any reader who enjoys looking at old photographs. These pictures complement the information found in so many books that tell the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by LWA
This book from the early days of photography was a very good buy. The photographs are really good quality and I recommend you buy this book if you have any interest in this... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Snowdon Watcher
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 22 months ago by Mike Gibson
A great collection of Scott's personal snapshots, and best read as an accompaniment to Ponting's 'With Scott to the Pole.'Published on 4 July 2014 by Bob G
Bought as a gift to accompany the Journals of Captain Scott last expedition. They accompany each other well. Good quality book.Published on 10 May 2014 by Deborah Di Martino
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 morePublished on 6 April 2014 by spotty
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 morePublished on 23 Jan. 2014 by Bookworm
I gave this to my husband for Christmas. It is a high-quality book with lots of pictures and also an informative text. Read morePublished on 8 Jan. 2014 by jill