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Herbert George Ponting

(1870-1935), Photographer and antarctic explorer

Sitter in 1 portrait
Artist of 12 portraits
Born in England, Ponting's photographic career began in America in 1900 when he took up stereoscopic photography. He spent a decade travelling around the world fulfilling commissions and by 1910 he had established himself as one of the best travel photographers of the time. In 1910 he departed with Scott on his last ill-fated Polar expedition. Showing considerable bravery whilst working under the most hazardous conditions Ponting produced both on film and in photographs work that was not only technically superb but also of a high aesthetic standard. Through illness, he left the expedition before its tragic end. He devoted the rest of his life to preserving records of the expedition.

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Officers of the 'Terra Nova', by Herbert George Ponting - NPG P313

Officers of the 'Terra Nova'

by Herbert George Ponting
brown-toned silver print, 1910
NPG P313

Lawrence Oates ('Captain Oates and Siberian Ponies aboard the Terra Nova'), by Herbert George Ponting - NPG P1973

Lawrence Oates ('Captain Oates and Siberian Ponies aboard the Terra Nova')

by Herbert George Ponting
toned bromide print, 1910
NPG P1973

Cecil Henry Meares; Lawrence Oates, by Herbert George Ponting - NPG P121

Cecil Henry Meares; Lawrence Oates

by Herbert George Ponting
carbon print, 26 May 1911
NPG P121

Robert Falcon Scott, by Herbert George Ponting - NPG P23

Robert Falcon Scott

by Herbert George Ponting
carbon print, 7 October 1911
NPG P23

Cecil Henry Meares, by Herbert George Ponting - NPG P209

Cecil Henry Meares

by Herbert George Ponting
bromide print, 1911
NPG P209

Captain Scott's Birthday Dinner, 6 June 1911, by Herbert George Ponting - NPG P1100

Captain Scott's Birthday Dinner, 6 June 1911

by Herbert George Ponting
carbon print, 6 June 1911
NPG P1100

Edward Leicester Atkinson, by Herbert George Ponting - NPG P1364

Edward Leicester Atkinson

by Herbert George Ponting
gelatin silver print, 15 September 1911
NPG P1364

Edgar Evans, by Herbert George Ponting - NPG P1365

Edgar Evans

by Herbert George Ponting
gelatin silver print, 1911
NPG P1365

Edward Adrian Wilson, by Herbert George Ponting - NPG P1366

Edward Adrian Wilson

by Herbert George Ponting
gelatin silver print, 19 May 1911
NPG P1366

Edward Adrian Wilson, by Herbert George Ponting - NPG P881

Edward Adrian Wilson

by Herbert George Ponting
carbon print, 1911
NPG P881

Edward Whymper, by Herbert George Ponting - NPG x137209

Edward Whymper

by Herbert George Ponting
vintage print, published 1911
NPG x137209

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(James) Ramsay MacDonald

by Herbert George Ponting
bromide print, circa 1930
NPG x199690

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