Photo of the Week: Discovering Antarctica

189 years ago today, ship captain and seal hunter Captain Nathaniel Palmer was the first American to see Antarctica. Surprisingly enough, he was only 21 years old at the time. The United States' scientific research station in Antarctica, several natural landmarks, and two research vessels are all named in honor of Captain Palmer.

Photographer Eliot Porter visited Palmer Station in 1976. The following are some of his shots of the landscape surrounding Palmer Station, Antarctica.


Arthur's Harbor, Palmer Station, Antarctica, January 1976, dye imbibition print


Arch Iceberg, Kristi Cove, Bonaparte Point, Palmer Station, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica, February 1976, dye imbibition print


Ice and Snowbank, Litchfield Island, Palmer Station, Antarctica, February 11, 1976, dye imbibition print


Iceberg and Evening Clouds, Palmer Station, Antarctica, February 21, 1976, dye imbibition print

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