This is the stuff of legends. The photographers – Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley – transported bulky cameras and glass plate negatives across the forbidding polar landscape to record some of the earliest images of this dramatic environment. That the photographs survived to be presented on their return to King George V is miraculous. The Heart of the Great Alone reproduces the best of these marvellous images, some of which have never appeared in book form before – ships encased in ice floes, ice cliffs and ravines, campsites and dog sleds, and the incomparable beauty of Antarctic flora and fauna.
This is a magnificent book.