Herbert George Ponting, ‘A Selection Of Stereo Cards’, c.1903-1907, Chiswick Auctions
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A Selection Of Stereo Cards, c.1903-1907

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Makers include H.C White and Underwood & Underwood, subjects include Mont Blanc (1), Ceylon …

Herbert George Ponting
British, 1870–1935
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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.

Herbert George Ponting, ‘A Selection Of Stereo Cards’, c.1903-1907, Chiswick Auctions
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Makers include H.C White and Underwood & Underwood, subjects include Mont Blanc (1), Ceylon (2), Japan (21) and India (6), all cards with Ponting's ink credit stamp to the verso

Herbert George Ponting
British, 1870–1935
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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.

A Selection Of Stereo Cards, c.1903-1907

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