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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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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.
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.
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".
It was posted it a box way to big with no shrink wrap or protection. It's been sliding around the box and has a few small mark due to this. Really annoying as this is a present. Also selected gift wrap option and it isn't wrapped. Just has a printout saying gift with the message I stated. Great book but feel let down by Amazon. I'm not going to return the book but I'm not very happy with the service. Amazon is inconsistent with how it posts items.
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