Photo credit: Antarctic Heritage Trust New Zealand
A box of previously unseen photo negatives taken by the Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition photographer was discovered in a shack, perfectly preserved in a block of ice by conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust. These cellulose nitrate negatives were left there when Shackleton’s party became stranded on Ross Island because of blizzard damage to their ship. “It’s the first example that I’m aware of, of undeveloped negatives from a century ago from the Antarctic heroic era. There’s a paucity of images from that expedition,” said AHT Executive Director Nigel Watson. Continue reading for more.