Herbert Ponting's arresting collection of black-and-white photographs (including Ice Cave, right), represent an extraordinary record of the Terra Nova expedition, which set sail in 1910. His descriptions are similarly evocative: "A fringe of long icicles hung at the entrace of the grotto and passing under these I was in the most wonderful place imaginable. From outside, the interior appeared quite white and colourless, but once inside it was a wonderful symphony of green and blue. I secured none more beautiful [photographs] the entire time I was in the South."
Born in Salisbury in 1870, Ponting was a pioneer in the use of photography as an art form. By 1909 he had established a world-wide reputation and was appointed "camera artist" to the project, becoming the first professional photographer to visit the Antarctic. If you want a lasting impression of the Cardiff display, Discovery Limited Editions are, for the first time, printing 20 of Ponting's most famous photos in a limited edition of 400 of each.
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