Lot 17: 9 5/8 x 17 -inch gold toned carbon print, 1906. Ponting is most known for his dramatic photographs of Scott's Terra Nova Arctic Expedition. Earlier he had traveled in Asia to cover the Russo-Japanese War and continued to photograph in Asia 1901 - 1906. This print of the Buddhist Temple is given special treatment in this wide format and beautiful color. Ponting has signed it in pencil in the lower left.
About Herbert George Ponting
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.
British, 1870-1935, Salisbury, United Kingdom, based in London, United Kingdom