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Picture Library

Picture Library

The SPRI Picture Library houses one of the world's most comprehensive collections of historical photographs of the Polar Regions. It also holds a growing collection of modern photographs taken by scientists and researchers working in the field.

The collection contains stunning images taken from the very early days of exploration to both the Arctic and the Antarctic, particularly those of the expeditions led by Scott and Shackleton. It provides a documentary record of all aspects of life, travel and work in the polar regions, ranging through the fauna and flora, transport, science, scientific stations, glaciology, scenery and ethnography.

 

Picture Library catalogue

Over 20,000 photographs from historical expeditions, and modern photographs.

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Ordering images

We can supply high quality copies for commercial, academic or personal use.

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SPRI Prints

Order prints, available in a range of sizes, delivered directly to your door.

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Ponting Portfolio

A selection of Ponting's Antarctic photographs, using the platinum printing process.

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Freeze Frame

20,000 photographs of British and international polar exploration from 1845-1960.

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Art prints

A variety of artistic responses to the Polar Regions, available from Bridgeman Images.

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Terms and conditions

Our standard terms and conditions govern the use of images.

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Contact us

Contact us if you need any further information.

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Our older Polar Pictures database is also still available, and we are working to merge this into our main catalogue.