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

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

A treasure trove of photographs--some never before reproduced in book form--from the two greatest Antarctic expeditions. Among the greatest achievements in the history of photography, those of the early polar explorers surely stand out, for the beauty of their images and the almost impossible conditions they encountered. And none of these are more remarkable than the photographs recorded by the official chroniclers of two epic Antarctic expeditions--that of Robert Falcon Scott, departed in 1910, which tragically resulted in his death; and, four years later, that of Ernest Shackleton, whose heroic sea journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia has become the stuff of legend.

Their photographers--Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley--transported bulky cameras and glass plate negatives across the forbidding polar landscape to record some of the earliest images of this dramatic environment. That the photographs survived to be presented on their return to King George V is miraculous, and they have remained ever since in the Royal Collection. "The Heart of the Great Alone "reproduces the best of these marvelous images, some of which have never appeared in book form before--ships encased in ice floes, ice cliffs and ravines, campsites and dog sleds, and the incomparable beauty of Antarctic flora and fauna. Together they form an invaluable record of an environment that global warming has forever changed. With a superb narrative drawing on Ponting's and Hurley's writings and other unique archival material from the Royal Collection, and with extended captions for each image, this book is a unique addition to the literature of polar exploration.

Title:The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography
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  • Anastasia

    This book is a great addition to the collection of any polar exploration geek. I fell in love with it at first sight as it gave faces to the people whose tales I had avidly been reading and provided s...

  • Jackie

    I read this a few years ago. Compelling story. Hard to image the hardships of these men!...

  • Lara

    Of course this book gets five stars, but it's not without it's issues; the writing is really the main thing I had a problem with. David Hempleman-Adams' introduction and his comments on various photog...

  • Kay

    This is the type of book where one has to be interested in the topic, and I am for several reasons: 1) exploration in extreme environments; 2) survivalism (amazing that there were any); 3) photography...

  • Joe

    Basically, this book showcases the extraordinary photographs taken during the heroic age of British Antarctic exploration—by Herbert Ponting (with Scott, 1910-13) and Frank Hurley (with Shackleton (...

  • Allen

    This is a very moving book, and some of the pictures really hit home, particularly those of Scott and his team when they realised they had not made the pole. It is amazing to think of the effort it to...

  • Lindsay

    I bought this book after viewing an exhibition on Antarctic photography at the Queen's Gallery in London. The work of Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley is stunning. Highly recommend if you are interest...