This autumn the Society is holding a new exhibition of platinum prints of photographs of the 1921 expedition to Everest.
Taken by E.O. Wheeler, this image is part of a panorama showing Mount Everest and its north-east ridge, Mount Everest Expedition, 1921.
Held in our Pavilion, the stunning prints are the first to be created in this medium from silver nitrate negatives held in the Society’s Collections.
The photographs, taken by George Mallory and other members of the expedition team, are among the first to document the dramatic landscapes and local people of Everest and the Himalayas. Originally intended to complement the expedition’s purpose, to carry out detailed survey work of the region, the images include some of the finest panoramic photographs of any high mountain region ever taken.
The Society has worked with the Salto Ulbeek Studio in Belgium to carry out the digitisation work to create the prints, which have an expanded tonal range and painterly quality compared to silver prints.
Head of Enterprise and Resources at the Society, Alasdair MacLeod said: “The digitisation work has opened up these exceptional photographs, providing greater clarity and breath-taking detail. We are excited to be showing these remarkable new prints at the Society this autumn.”
Everest – a reconnaissance runs at the Society from 29 October to 27 November, is free to enter and open to all. Plan your visit.
Watch Ralph Bagnold, pioneer of desert exploration, pushing the limits of automotive technology on his 1932 expedition – the first east-west crossing of the Libyan Desert.
18 October 2019
From the Arctic to the Antarctic via the Sahara and the Central Lakes of Africa, these watches were used by almost all the well-known explorers of the period including Joseph Thomson, Ernest Shackleton and Col. P Fawcett.
4 November 2019
Join us for an evening which celebrates the films and film-makers who brought us the first dramatic moving images of Mount Everest.
7 November 2019
A first opportunity to see original archive material, photographs and artefacts from the Society’s newly accessioned Eric Newby Collection.
21 November 2019
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