Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton

Still Life: Inside the Antarctic Huts of Scott and Shackleton

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Compiled by Nigel Watson, Photographs by Jane Ussher

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  • Publisher: MURDOCH BOOKS
  • Format: Book | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 244mm x 326mm x 32mm | 2,000g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Millers Point
  • ISBN 10: 1741967392
  • ISBN 13: 9781741967395
  • Illustrations note: chiefly col. Illustrations
  • Sales rank: 46,480

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"Still Life is a unique and hauntingly beautiful photographic study of the Antarctic huts that served as expedition bases for explorations led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton. At the turn of the twentieth 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'. The Executive Director of the Trust, Nigel Watson, provides a fascinating introduction to the history and atmosphere of each hut. "

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Jane Ussher is one of New Zealand's foremost portrait photographers, best known for the impressive body of work she developed during 29 years as chief photographer at the New Zealand Listener, New Zealand's leading arts and current affairs weekly magazine. Jane's work has also been published in several books, Gone North (2004) with Dame Fiona Kidman, Jane Ussher Portraits (2004) and Martin Bosley Cooks (2006), and her work features regularly in magazines such as NZ Geographic, Sunday Magazine, Life & Leisure and House & Garden, Metro and North & South. Created with her favourite camera, a medium format Hasselblad, Jane's images are beautiful, revealing, often sombre, and always true to the integrity of the person or object she is photographing. She lives in Auckland with her husband Grant Gallagher and their son Nicholas.

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"Haunting but artful shots." --"Publishers Weekly"