In 1914 Sir Ernest Shackleton launched his second expedition to Antarctica, an adventure that would make him the first to cross Antarctica from the Weddell Sea to the Ross Sea via the South Pole.
Ahead of Shackleton’s main crew though was a group of brave men, known as the Ross Sea Party, whose goal was to create vital depots of supplies for Shackleton to use along the way. While setting up depots was the main goal, a team photographer also took photos of the punishing adventure.
For almost a century, the resulting photos from the Ross Sea Party team has been stuck in Antarctica, frozen together inside a small box that lay inside the 1911 darkroom of expedition photographer Herbert Ponting.
The images have since been found though, and as part of the mission of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, the 22 cellulose nitrate negatives have been painstakingly brought back to life despite spending a century clumped together inside a box on the cold, barren block of ice that is Antarctica.[Read More…]
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