100-Year-Old Photos Found in Antarctica


Well, this is cool (pun not intended but definitely enjoyed): twenty-two 100-year-old photos were recently found in a block of ice in Antarctica.

More accurately, they’re “exposed but unprocessed negatives,” believed to be taken by Arnold Patrick Spencer-Smith as part of an expedition by none other than Ernest Shackleton, during which he and his men were stranded by a blizzard and three of them died.

See the incredible developed photos here—the imperfections only serve to make them more eerily beautiful.

(As a tangent, if you’re into stories about Antarctica, Riverhead Books publicity director Jynne Martin is doing a residency there, and she wrote this superb piece about the penguins she’s encountered for Slate.)

Lauren O'Neal is an MFA student at San Francisco State University. Her writing has appeared in publications like Slate, The New Inquiry, and The Hairpin. You can follow her on Twitter at @laureneoneal. More from this author →