CANCELLED: Herbert Ponting and the Royal Photographic Society

Due to unforseen circumstances, this talk has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

The Royal Photographic Society was established in 1853 to promote the art and science of photography. Through its annual exhibition and monthly meetings it provided a forum for professional and amateur photographers, scientists and others to engage with the medium. Herbert Ponting joined the RPS in 1922 and became a Fellow using his friendships and professional relationships, especially that with the photographic engineer Arthur Newman to support his own activities.

In this illustrated talk Dr Michael Pritchard, the RPS’s Director of Programmes will discuss the RPS and Ponting’s involvement with it.

This talk ties in with our Herbert Ponting: Explorer and Photographer exhibition at The Atkinson.

Until Saturday 2 September 2023
Free Entry

Monday – Saturday. 10am – 4pm.
Closed Sundays & Bank Holidays.
Plan your visit here.

After years of taking photographs in America, Japan, other parts of Asia and in Europe, Herbert Ponting (1870-1935) became and remains best-known for his work on Captain Scott’s Terra Nova expedition (1910-3). This exhibition will be looking at his life and work with photographs from Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, alongside artefacts and research carried out by biographer Anne Strathie.

Photo credit: Herbert Ponting, Camera Caricature, c.1927.  Royal Photographic Society Collection at the V&A Museum, London.





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