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The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott: Unseen Images from the Legendary Antarctic Expedition

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The myth of Scott of the Antarctic, Captain Robert Falcon Scott, icon of fortitude and courage who perished with his fellow explorers on their return from the South Pole on March 29th, 1912, is an enduring one, elevated, dismantled and restored during the turbulence of the succeeding century. Until now, the legend of the doomed Terra Nova expedition has been constructed ou ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published October 18th 2011 by Little, Brown and Company (first published 2011)
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A beautiful book. Not swamped with unnecessary information - after all those who are interested in Scott's expedition will have the relevant books already - but these images are, for the most part, heartbreaking.

Huge, double page photographs of ponies and dogs and the landscape.

Men striving to haul a huge sledge. The small intimacies of life: mending a sledge, chasing a pony, sketching a glacier, adjusting footwear.

The 'comments' are kept to the bare minimum and thus are all the more poignant
Fantastic. Really fantastic. I wasn't sure what to expect from this one before I opened it up, but I suppose I assumed that the "Unseen Images from the Legendary Antarctic Expedition" would be accompanied by the usual retelling of Scott's last expedition and that there wouldn't really be much new to be learned from it, though I anticipated the photographs would be beautiful and haunting and, well, really interesting. Which they are. But what I really love, possibly even more than the images them ...more
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction, history
Some gorgeously haunting photographs -- even the one where Scott got his own shadow in the shot is beautiful in its way, a remnant of a man who you have to call remarkable, whatever your opinion of his endeavour and his execution thereof. Interesting detail with them, too, and accompanying maps and so on.
Feb 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Lost Photographs of Captain Scott by David M. Wilson, while based on the recent rediscovery of photographs taken during Robert Scott's ill-fated Antarctic expedition of 1910-1913, is really a meditation on reputation and remembrance.

"I am just going outside and may be some time". These words, uttered by expedition member Lawrence Oates before he sacrificed himself to save his companions on the trek back from the pole, have always chilled me. We know of this only because Scott wrote about the
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Terra Nova expedition (1910-1913) was Captain Robert F. Scott's second, and final (fatal), attempt at the South Pole. This time around, he brought along professional photographer Herbert Ponting to stay at the base camp and teach Scott, and several others, how to take and develop photographs in the harsh Antarctic environment so that the group could document their scientific endeavors. Not all of Scott's photographs survived, but Wilson gathers up as many as he can and does a solid job of pl ...more
Jan 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Not a lot of new information in here for anyone who's familiar with Antarctic exploration, though there are some interesting notes about what happened in later years to some members of the expedition, particularly Ponting. The main reason to check this out is the photos, which really help the reader understand what the conditions were like. I think the most notable pictures are several photos of a group man-hauling a sledge up the Beardmore Glacier; the photos demonstrate how awful and difficult ...more
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Nearly a century after his death during the ill-fated Terra Nova expedition to the South Pole, Captain Robert Falcon Scott remains a figure of controversy. Though initially lionized, Scott was later criticized by historians for a lack of preparation and foresight. Now David M. Wilson (Edward Wilson's Nature Notebooks), the great-nephew of an expedition member, uses Scott's own recovered photographs to recount the deadly journey.

Scott, who had been trained in photography by the expedition's offic
Robyn Kent
Dec 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
This beautiful book compiles photos of Scott's ill-fated journey to the South Pole in 1912. The expedition photographer, Herbert Ponting, did not accompany Scott's team to the pole, so Ponting taught Scott to use his camera. Previous expeditions had relied on artists to draw landscapes and geological features. Scott was not an expert photographer, but captured details of the journey that bring the people and ponies to life. The photos of men hauling sledges through deep snow and ice show how inc ...more
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Robert F. Scott was as poor a photographer as he was an expedition leader. Nevertheless, his work in both fields remains of not inconsiderable historical value and great interest to Antarctic enthusiasts. This new book publishes previously unknown photographic plates taken by Scott during theTerra Nova Expedition (1910-1912) on which he died. The "coffee table book" has a bad reputation among genuine students if polar history, but I found this one to be an exception to the rule. Several good ess ...more
Apr 05, 2012 rated it liked it
3 stars/Non-Fiction; Photography

I enjoyed this little walk back into history to read about Captain Scott and view some of his images of his expedition to Antartica in the early 1900's. Unfortunately, he underestimated the conditions of the environment he was working in and perished as a result of it.

This book gives you a glimpse of what Captain Scott and his team endured throughout their journey to capture the images. It is apparent through the information presented that they were all very brav
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Das war ein wunderschönes Weihnachtsgeschenk meines Freundes für mich gewesen. Ich fand es richtig gut, weil ich in dem Buch tatsächlich noch mal neue Dinge erfahren konnte. Grund dafür mag auch sein, dass Robert Scott in D-Land auch nicht als Helden gefeiert wird. Anyway, die Fotos kannte ich noch nicht alle ... und ich liebe solche "Entdeckungsreise"-bücher. Im Winter ist es zu dem perfektes Lesefutter.
Tariq Ali
Sep 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book has been beautifully put together. I knew in the end that Captain Scott did not survive but I kept hoping that his story had a better ending.
Watson Cui
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Captain Scott and his team are heroes with tragedy.
Also couldn't resist
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful pictures! I shared the book with my family and we sat together while looking at the pictures. Truly amazing!
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty dang cool book. If you like this kind of thing (historical photos along with diary entries), you'll be intrigued and engrossed.
Nov 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't resist. The moment I saw it I knew I had to get it. It's wonderful! And the photos are AMAZING :D
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