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So what is the connection between this Hertfordshire borough, Captain Robert Scott's doomed Terra Nova expedition of June 1910 and photography?

Well, I only just came across this news article published in the local Watford Observer (August 2010) of an unexpected find of Watford photographic history in the Antarctica by a South Oxhey conservation expert, Georgina Whiteley. The project project was centered on restoring items, including 150 packages of glass plate negatives, from photographer Herbert Ponting's darkroom. 

Ms Whiteley, 30, said: "The majority of plates are by the Paget Prize Plate Company, an old Watford-based manufacturer. The company was not in existence for very long, which makes these packages very rare indeed. It was a very nice surprise to be working on so much Watford material out there."

The full news article can be found here. So, I guess no more 'north of Watford' jokes from now on, as it appears this town has made its mark in photo history!


Photos: A selection of glass plate negatives by Paget Prize (copyright Georgina Whiteley)




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