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All images enhanced and colourized by Pete Vassilakos.


Note that any colourization/enhancements that I do are in no way meant to replace or detract from the original image, nor should any colours added be taken as 100% accurate. It is an artistic impression meant only to complement the original image, and to give viewers an alternate, more vibrant appreciation for the photographer's work.

Each image is painstakingly digitally coloured by hand using a digital pen and tablet, and I try to be as historically accurate as possible, with some artistic interpretation when applicable.

I think it’s also important to note that the original photographs were not taken in b/w by artistic choice, but by it being the only choice available at the time. Colour film was not yet available. Both Ponting and Hurley and photographers alike, all expressed how they wished they would have been able to capture their work in colour, and also experimented with crude colourization techniques available at that time.

I have no doubt that if colour film had been available at the time, both Ponting and Hurley and others alike, would have used it.

Scott, writing his journal in the Cape Evans hut, winter 1911.

Captain Scott and his Expedition team outside their hut.

The British Antarctic Expedition 1910-1913. Tom Crean at Cape Evans 1911.

The British National Antarctic Expedition, 1901–04. Shackleton, Wilson and Captain Scott ready for Southern journey.

British Antarctic Expedition 1907. Jameson Adams, Frank Wild and Eric Marshall at their southernmost position, 88° 23', on 9 January 1909. The photograph was taken by expedition leader Ernest Shackleton.

Sir Ernest H. Shackleton.

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Shackleton and Expedition Crew from the Imperial Trans Antarctic Expedetion 1914-1917

Robert Falcon Scott

Dr. Edward Atkinson in His Laboratory at Cape Evans 1911.

Scott's Birthday Dinner, 6 June 1911

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John Robert Francis Wild (Frank Wild)

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Frank Arthur Worsley

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Sir Ernest H. Shackleton.

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James Francis Hurley

(Frank Hurley)

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Tom Crean

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Frank Wild

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Sir John Franklin

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Roald Amundsen

Edward Frederick Robert Bage

Tom Crean


Douglas Mawson

Frank Hurley

Fridtjof Nansen

Robert Falcon Scott

Roald Amundsen

Sir Ernest H. Shackleton.

Sir Ernest H. Shackleton.

James M. Wordie

Frank Wild and Andrew Dougal Watson

Sir Ernest H. Shackleton.

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