Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton: Ussher, Jane & Nigel Watson
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Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton

Author(s): Ussher, Jane & Nigel Watson

Copyright: 2010, Australia
Specifications: 1st, 4to, pp.223, photo frontis, 174 color photos (7 gatefolds), 2 maps, hessian cloth
Condition: issued w/o dj, cloth new

A beautiful photographic study of the Antarctic huts that served as expedition bases for the expeditions led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton. At the turn of the 20th century Antarctica was the focus of one of the last great races of exploration and discovery. Known as the ‘heroic age’, from 1895 to 1917 Antarctic explorers set off from their huts in search of adventure, science and glory but some, such as Scott, were never to return. The World Wars intervened and the huts were left as time capsules of Edwardian life. Jane Ussher was invited by the Antarctic Heritage Trust to record ‘the unusual, the hidden and minutiae of these sites’. These images, shot with a medium-format Hasselblad, provide haunting details of the interiors of Scott’s Discovery Hut, Shackleton’s Cape Royds Hut, and Scott’s Cape Evans Hut. These huts were utilized during the National Antarctic Expedition 1901-04, British Antarctic Expedition 1907-09, 1910-13, Ross Sea Party of Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition 1914-17, and Aurora Relief Expedition 1916-17. This book weighs 4.5 pounds.

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