The Crossing of Antarctica
Original Photographs from the Epic Journey that Fulfilled Shackleton's Dream
- ISBN 9780500252024
- 27.00 x 22.00 cm
- 154 Illustrations, 60 in colour
- First published 2014
A remarkable visual and personal testimony of a polar expedition that rewrote the history books and an epic journey of endurance and fellowship in the wildest of places
‘The Crossing of Antarctica is the most vivid way of reliving the Trans-Antarctic Expedition, short of mounting one of your own’ – The Scotsman
‘Lowe’s powerful portraits of his colleagues and rare images of private moments during the crossing also provide a fascinating insight into the personal side of exploration’– Geographical
‘Lowe’s photographs offer a humanizing look at the since-deified explorers, depicting their beards of ice and feasts of tinned vegetables for Christmas dinner … gives readers a visceral sense of just how raw and brutal the conditions were’– Fast Company
‘Every so often … a book breaks through the ice crust, and 'The Crossing of Antarctica' is one of these’ – Literary Review
One hundred years after Ernest Shackleton set out on his ill-fated attempt to make the first crossing of Antarctica, this beautifully illustrated book celebrates those who succeeded where he had failed.
It was a journey long thought impossible. The expedition of 1957/58, led by Vivian ‘Bunny’ Fuchs, was one of the 20th century’s triumphs of exploration – a powerful expression of technological daring as much as a testament of sheer, bloody-minded human willpower. As a key member of the expedition, Everest veteran George Lowe was there to capture it all in photographs and on film.
Awe-inspiring landscapes, candid portraits and action shots evoke the day-by-day moments as the expedition travelled across snow and ice, facing extraordinary challenges and dangers.
Unpublished images and other rare materials from the Lowe archives are brought together here for the first time, along with others from the Fuchs family collection. There has never been a book on Antarctica quite like this.
An impressive array of polar experts and explorers also add their reflections on Antarctica, and the meaning and art of true exploration. They include Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Peter Fuchs, Jonathan Shackleton, Børge Ousland, Sebastian Copeland, Ken Blaiklock, Felicity Aston and Paul Dalrymple.
George Lowe, born in New Zealand, was an explorer, mountaineer, photographer and filmmaker. He was a leading climber on the 1953 British Everest Expedition and official photographer of the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which crossed the continent in 1957/58. His films of both expeditions were nominated for Oscars. In later years he was a teacher in Chile and England and was the founder and first Chairman of the Himalayan Trust in Britain. He died on 20 March 2013 during the making of this book.
‘It’s a wonderful thing that George Lowe’s words and pictures have been brought together for posterity’ – The Times
Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian of exploration. He travels in the Arctic and Antarctica each year working as a polar guide. Formerly a Curator at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge, and the National Maritime Museum, London, he is now an award-winning author, who writes and lectures widely about adventure and the visual arts.
See this author profile including video of Huw Lewis-Jones talking about both the book and the journey