Author(s): Nigel Watson and Jane Ussher
Still Life is a unique and hauntingly beautiful photographic study of the Antarctic huts that served as expedition bases for explorations led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton.
At the turn of the twentieth century Antarctica was the focus of one of the last great races of exploration and discovery. Known as the 'heroic age', from 1895 to 1917 Antarctic explorers set off from their huts in search of adventure, science and glory but some, such as Scott, were never to return. The World Wars intervened and the huts were left as time capsules of Edwardian life; a portrait of King Edward VII hangs amid seal blubber, sides of mutton, a jar of gherkins, penguin eggs, cufflinks and darned trousers.
One of New Zealand's best known photographers, Jane Ussher, was invited by the Antarctic Heritage Trust to record 'the unusual, the hidden and minutiae of these sites'.
The Executive Director of the Trust, Nigel Watson, provides a fascinating introduction to the history and atmosphere of each hut and detailed photographic captions.
Finalist in the 2011 New Zealand Post Book Awards - Illustrated Non-fiction category
Jane Ussher is one of New Zealand's foremost portrait photographers, best known for the impressive body of work she developed during 29 years as chief photographer at the New Zealand Listener. Nigel Watson is the Executive Director of Antarctic Heritage Trust, which cares, amongst other heritage sites, for the expedition bases left by Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton in Antarctica.