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Herbert Ponting

1870 - 1935
Salisbury, United Kingdom

24 Works exhibited on Kooness

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Works by Herbert Ponting

British Antarctic Expedition

1910

76 x 101cm

389,06 €

Captain Oates

1910

60 x 50cm

194,53 €

Captain Oates

1910

101 x 76cm

389,06 €

Captain Robert Falcon Scott

1910

50 x 76cm

210,00 €

Captain Scott Writing

1910

60 x 50cm

194,53 €

Dog Team Resting

1910

76 x 101cm

389,06 €

Dr. Edward Adrian Wilson

1910

50 x 60cm

194,53 €

Edgar Evans

1910

50 x 76cm

247,58 €

Edgar Evans

1910

101 x 152cm

530,54 €

Entering The Ice Pack

1910

101 x 76cm

389,06 €

Entering The Ice Pack

1910

76 x 50cm

247,58 €

Hauling Up The Fish Trap

1910

101 x 76cm

389,06 €

Ice Cavern

1910

101 x 152cm

530,54 €

Scott’s Expedition Team

1910

101 x 76cm

389,06 €

Scott’s Expedition Team

1910

152 x 101cm

530,54 €

Terra Nova Gale

1910

50 x 60cm

194,53 €

The Castle Berg

1910

101 x 76cm

389,06 €

The Sea Freezing

1910

50 x 60cm

194,53 €

The Terra Nova

1910

152 x 101cm

530,54 €

Born the son of a successful banker in Wiltshire, England, Ponting spent 4 years from the age of 18 following in his father's footsteps before moving to California, first working in mining before owning a fruit ranch until 1898 when he returned briefly to his family in England now having a wife and one year old daughter.

Upon return to California, he turned his long standing hobby of photography into a profession. He built up a sufficient reputation as a photo-journalist that Scott engaged him as expedition photographer on the Terra Nova, the first professional photographer to accompany an Antarctic expedition.

The great majority of the photographs of the Terra Nova Expedition (including most on this and connected pages) were taken by Ponting, he also taught some of the other expedition members how to take photographs. He also took a cine camera and some colour plates at a time when both technologies were in their infancy. He spent 14 months in Antarctica returning in February 1912, a month before Scott and the polar party were to die on the way back from the pole, with over 1,700 photographic plates. Part of his task on returning home was to use his pictures to assemble a narrative of the expedition which Scott would use in a fund-raising lecture tour when he too returned. Ponting's material, both movie and still was intended to help recoup the significant debts of the expedition, and publicize his work widely.

With Scott's death and subsequent public donations, the expeditions debts were paid off and more, so Ponting's pictures became more of an epitaph than a celebration and earned him little money. He produced two films from his material, The Great White Silence (1924 - silent) and Ninety Degrees South (1933 - with sound).

The Scott Polar Research Institute bought the photographs for £533,000 in 2009, some were produced for sale as (very expensive) platinum prints and The Great White Silence was restored and re-released in 2011. Ponting's pictures of Antarctica and Scott's expedition are amongst the finest and most iconic from the Heroic Age of Antarctic exploration.

  • Arnold, H.J.P., Photographs of the World: a biography of Herbert Ponting, Hutchinson, London (1969) 
  • Arnold, H.J.P., Herbert Ponting: Another World, Photographs in the United States, Asia, Europe & Antarctica 1900–1912, Sidgwick & Jackson, London (1975)
  • Huxley, Elspeth, Scott of the Antarctic, Atheneum Books, New York (1978) 
  • Ponting, Herbert G., In Lotus-Land Japan, Macmillan, London, 1910
  • Ponting, Herbert G., The Great White South, or, With Scott in the Antarctic being an account of experiences with Captain Scott's South Pole Expedition and of the nature life of the Antarctic, with an introduction by Lady Scott, Duckworth, London (1921)
  • Strathie, Anne, Herbert Ponting: Scott's Antarctic Photographer and Pioneer Filmmaker, The History Press, Cheltenham, 2021