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The Lost Photos of Robert Falcon Scott

Photo by Robert Falcon Scott

Herbert Ponting served as expedition photographer on Robert Falcon Scott’s expedition of 1910-13. He fell ill and was unable to make the push to the South Pole with Scott, which turned out to be a stroke of luck as Scott and several of his men died on their way back from the pole. Scott’s reliance on ponies as a means of conveyance in Antarctica proved to be a poor choice. Recently a collection of photos from this ill-fated expedition surfaced, and extraordinarily they were shot by Scott himself. After Ponting fell ill, he trained others to take photos. It turned out that Scott was one of his finest students.

See a slideshow of Scott’s Antarctica photos on The New York Times.