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Freeze Frame Scott Polar Research Institute


Face to Face: Polar Portraits

The collections held by the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, are among the richest in the world for the study of polar environments. Developed from the research begun in 2007 on the Freeze Frame project, this touring exhibition features a selection of 50 portraits alongside some unique polar camera equipment from the museum of the Scott Polar Research Institute.

Capturing and preserving this archive of historical images in digital form, the project presents in digital form over 20,000 photographic negatives. It includes some of the very earliest imagery, through to the 1980s, representing some of the most important visual records of British and international polar exploration.

Focusing on portraiture, FACE TO FACE draws attention to some of this recovered historic imagery, whilst looking to the present and into the future. The project engaged the leading expedition photographer Martin Hartley to add to his marvellous portfolio by producing a range of new commissions, featuring men and women of many nations, exploring, working, and living in the polar regions today.

Dr Huw Lewis-Jones (Curator of Art at SPRI 2007-2010) wrote a book to accompany the exhibition available for £50 (special edition)/£40 (hb)/£25 (pb) plus p&p.

On show at:

HMS Scott, Cardiff. 12 June-14 June 2010.

Stevenage Museum, Stevenage. 30 Mar-5 June 2010.

Discovery Point, Dundee. 7 Mar–24 May 2009.

Explorers Club, New York. 14 Jan-23 Jan 2009.

Athy Heritage Centre, Ireland. 24 Oct-21 Nov 2008.