Herbert Ponting - ULTIMATE Evening & Photographs Day Sales London Thursday, May 17, 2018 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sotheby's, London, 9 May 2002, lot 121

  • Artist Biography

    Herbert Ponting

    British • 1870 - 1935

    Herbert Ponting was a self-taught photographer with a particular interest in stereographs. He turned his hobby into a career in 1900 after winning a world prize for a telephoto of San Francisco Bay, and another work, Mules at a Californian Roundup, that became a centerpiece for Kodak's exhibit at the World Fair in St. Louis. Afterward, he started selling stereograph negatives for publications in European and American magazines and was invited to New York for syndicated magazine work. These documentary photography contributions required him to travel the world extensively.  In 1902 and 1905 he made several trips to Japan and published a highly-acclaimed book on Japanese culture entitled Lotus-land Japan. In 1909 and from 1910 to 1912 he was the photographer for the expeditions to the Antarctic led by Captain R.F. Scott, thus becoming the first official photographer ever to join an Antarctic expedition. The work from his Antarctic series received critical acclaim for their outstanding use of light, composition and dramatic effects of ridges, castle icebergs and polar icebergs. 


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Michel and Sally Strauss Contemporary Photography Collection This lot is served with no reserve


Lot offered with No Reserve

Penguins and Iceberg, Antartica

Blue-toned carbon print.
58.5 x 74.4 cm (23 x 29 1/4 in.)
Captioned 'Summertime the opening up of the Sea' in an unidentified hand in ink on a gallery label affixed to the reverse of the mount; annotated in an unidentified hand (partially visible) in ink in the margin.

£1,000 - 2,000 

Sold for £3,750

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ULTIMATE Evening & Photographs Day Sales

London Auction 18 May 2018