Author(s): Huw Lewis-Jones
A lavish account of pioneering polar photography and modern portraiture, Face to Face brings together in a single volume both rare, unpublished treasures from the historic collections of the Scott Polar Research Institute (SPRI), University of Cambridge, alongside cutting-edge modern imagery from expedition photographer Martin Hartley. The first book to examine the history and role of polar exploration photography, Face to Face is a unique project of unsurpassed quality. Face to Face features the very first polar photographs, the first portraits of explorers, some of the earliest photographs of the Inuit, the first polar photographs to appear in a book, and rare images never before published from many of the Heroic-Age Antarctic expeditions. Almost all the historic imagery - daguerreotypes, magic lantern slides, glass plate negatives and images from private albums - that have been rediscovered during research for this book have never been before the public eye. Alongside fifty of the world's finest historic polar portraits from the SPRI collections are fifty modern-day images by leading expedition photographer Martin Hartley, who has captured men and women of many nations, exploring, working, and living in the Polar Regions today. In addition to this remarkable collection will be a foreword written by respected adventurer Sir Ranulph Fiennes, two fascinating essays examining polar photography 'then' and 'now' by polar historian and curator of art at SPRI, Dr Huw Lewis-Jones; and an afterword by the best-selling author Hugh Brody. Polar Portraits is the first volume in the Face to Face series. Forthcoming volumes include Ocean Portraits (Sept 2010), Mountain Portraits (Sept 2011), Jungle Portraits and Desert Portraits. First published 2008.
The Face to Face series is created in conjunction with Polarworld Publishing. Huw Lewis-Jones is a historian and Curator of Art at the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge. Formerly Visiting Fellow at Harvard University, and Curator of Imperial and Maritime History at the National Maritime Museum, London, Huw is also a consultant within media and broadcasting and an expert in maritime and polar exploration history. Besides developing new titles for Polarworld, Huw is building a national collection of Inuit art, and curating a number of touring exhibitions. As an art critic, Huw writes for Apollo Magazine and regularly contributes to radio and the British press. Captain Cook: Obsession and Discovery was screened on ABC and the History Channel. He also often features on SKY MOVIES. Huw's documentary Wilderness Explored is currently showing on the BBC.