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Herbert G. Ponting

Herbert G. Ponting

An expedition photographer and cinematographer of the arctic, Ponting (1870–1935) was best known for capturing some of the most enduring images of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. The Heroic Age lasted from the 19th Century to the end of the World War I, when the Antarctic continent became the focus of international expeditions. The common factor in these expeditions was the limited resources available, before advances in transport and communication technologies revolutionized the work of exploration. Each expedition was a feat of endurance that tested, and sometimes exceeded its personnel's physical and mental limits. Ponting took some of the first known color still photographs in Antarctica, and was one of the first men to use a portable movie camera in Antarctica using a cinematograph, sharing his images of the unseen continent.