Herbert George Ponting
British, 1870-1935
Selected exhibitions
2016
Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography Ltd at Photo London 2016,
Roland Belgrave Vintage Photography Ltd
PLATINUM – Master prints by master printers,
Atlas Gallery
2014
Beetles + Huxley at 20/21 British Art Fair,
Huxley-Parlour

As the first professional photographer (or “camera artist,” as he preferred to be called) to capture the Antarctic, Herbert George Ponting took over 1,000 images of the region’s vast, foreign landscape and documented the daily life, rations, and research of the 1910 British Antarctic Expedition. Many of Ponting’s photographs were posed, as he was fixated on attaining the perfect composition. The crisp quality of his work stands in contrast to the more popular soft and painterly images of the day. Using autochrome plates, Ponting captured the first color photographs of Antarctica, and he was also among the first to shoot short video sequences of the continent using a cinematograph. Ponting is credited with inventing the Variable Controllable Distortograph, a warped camera lens that produces caricature-esque portraits.