FACE to FACE: Polar Portraits
By Huw Lewis-Jones & Martin Hartley
Scott Polar Research Institute
Provisional date of release: 10 November 2008
A lavish account of pioneering polar photography and modern portraiture, Face to Face brings together in a single volume both rare, unpublished treasures from the historic collections of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), University of Cambridge, alongside cutting-edge modern imagery from expedition photographer Martin Hartley.
The first book to examine the history and role of polar exploration photography, Face to Face is a unique project of unsurpassed quality. Face to Face features the very first polar photographs, the first portraits of explorers, some of the earliest photographs of the Inuit, the first polar photographs to appear in a book, and rare images never before published from many of the Heroic-Age Antarctic expeditions. Almost all the historic imagery - daguerreotypes, magic lantern slides, glass plate negatives and images from private albums - that have been rediscovered during research for this book have never been before the public eye.
Alongside fifty of the world’s finest historic polar portraits from the SPRI collections are fifty modern-day images by leading expedition photographer Martin Hartley, who has captured men and women of many nations, exploring, working, and living in the Polar Regions today. In addition to this remarkable collection will be a foreword written by respected adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, two fascinating essays examining polar photography ‘then’ and ‘now’ by polar historian and curator of art at SPRI, Dr Huw Lewis-Jones; and an afterword by the best-selling author Hugh Brody.
FACE to FACE - Features:
FACE to FACE will be available as a signed Limited Edition as well as a standard hardback. To reserve your copy, or for more information about the exhibition, please submit your details in the form at the bottom of this page.
North-East Greenland 1908-60: The Trapper Era
By Peter Mikkelsen
Scott Polar Research Institute
Provisional date of release: October 2008
At last we have an English edition of Peter Schmidt Mikkelsen's book North-East Greenland 1908-60: The Trapper Era. This is an updated and enlarged translation of the Danish edition, orginally published in 1994. An English edition has long been desired by the many British and foreign scienfitic and sporting expeditions, and many others who visit North-East Greenland in increasing numbers.
Generously supported by the Aage V. Jensens Fonde, and published on behalf of the Scott Polar Research Institute, this book is the story of the pioneers who worked in one of Europe's largest and last widernesses, now a major part of the World's largest national park. It is also the story of a little known and almost forgotten high-arctic region that was the centre of a historic and dramatic trapping enterprise. This book is based on trappers' published and unpublished diaries, and personal interview with surviving trappers and other pioneers in the 1980s and early 1990. Richly illustrated with both modern and historic images, this book contains fascinating accounts of the lives of individual trappers, often unusual characters, who endured a longely and risky existence far from the comforts of civilisation. In this vast and great high-arctic region they built hundreds of small and primitive huts and taught themselves to live off the land and its rich fauna in a harmonious way.
This book is much more than just a good history book. It also functions as a useful and necessary traveller's guide for all visitors to North-East Greenland - scientific and sporting expeditions, and tourists. The book also contains important indexes and references to sources and published literature useful to the reader.
NORTH-EAST GREENLAND 1908-60 - FEATURES:
- A comprehensive history of exploration history in North-East Greenland
- Photographs, backgrounds and present locations (GPS) of more than 300 huts and stations
- Important information for visitors and expeditions planning to visit the region
North-East Greenland 1908-60: The Trapper Era will be available in hardback in October. To reserve your copy, please submit your details in the form below, specifying 'North-East Greenland'.