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The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton & Antarctic Photography

Don't despair if you can't get to New Zealand for this Royal Collection exhibition, as it will be heading back to our shores towards the latter part of 2011.

This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by George Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Ponting’s dramatic images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910–12, which led to the tragic death of five of the

team on their return from the South Pole. Hurley’s extraordinary icescapes were taken during Ernest Shackleton's Polar expedition on Endurance in 1914–17, which ended with the heroic sea journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia. Both collections of photographs were presented to King George V and are today part of the Royal Photograph Collection.

Details of the NZ exhibition can be found here, and the one in London here. You can also preview a selection of the exhibit highlights or buy a copy of the book here. Or perhaps try the Amazon link on the right.

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