Herbert George Ponting, ‘An early collection of Herbert George Ponting's unpublished personal stereo cards (10)’, c.1900, Chiswick Auctions
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An early collection of Herbert George Ponting's unpublished personal stereo cards (10), c.1900

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With handwritten inscriptions and annotations to verso in the photographer's hand, including …

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.

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With handwritten inscriptions and annotations to verso in the photographer's hand, including technical considerations and comments from a period when Ponting was refining his photographic practices and transitioning from being an amateur hobbyist to a celebrated professional. Subjects include his wife Mary Biddle …

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.

An early collection of Herbert George Ponting's unpublished personal stereo cards (10), c.1900

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