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Jean de Pomereu: Antarctic Photographs

CAE1218

Summary Note

Jean de Pomereu first visited Antarctica in 2003 and he has returned on numerous occasions. Photographs from his expanding body of Antarctic work have been exhibited and published around the world. Materials include correspondence, digital images, films, work prints, and printed ephemera.

Biographical Note

Born in Paris in 1969, but raised in England, Jean de Pomereu first studied art, then continued his studies in New Zealand and first visited Antarctica in 2003. He has returned on numerous occasions as a member of different artistic and scientific expeditions. In December 2006, he was the official photographer for Lita Albuquerque’s Stellar Axis: Antarctica, the first large-scale installation work undertaken in Antarctica. In 2008, within the context of the 4th International Polar Year, he was the first foreign reporter and photographer to accompany a Chinese National Antarctic Research Expedition.

With a master's degree from the Scott Polar Research Institute, Jean also reports on the subject of polar science for SciencePoles.org (the scientific news and information website of the International Polar Foundation), lectures on the visual interpretation of Antarctica, and is involved in editorial projects focusing on early Antarctic photography.

His photographs have been exhibited in France, Belgium, Spain, the UK, China and New Zealand. The platinum prints for his Topography of Absence series are produced by Salto Ulbeek printers and publishers in Belgium.

Scope and Content

Jean de Pomereu first visited Antarctica in 2003. He has returned on numerous occasions as a member of different artistic and scientific expeditions. Photographs from his expanding body of Antarctic work have been exhibited in galleries in Paris, Shanghai, Brussels, Madrid, and New Zealand. In parallel to his photographic work, he writes about polar science for SciencePoles.org, the scientific news and information website of the International Polar Foundation.

In 2008-09, he was the first foreigner to accompany a Chinese National Antarctic Research Expedition, within the context of the 4th International Polar Year. His reports were published by the International Polar Foundation and in the printed press. With a background in art history and a master’s degree from the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, de Pomereu sometimes also lectures on the visual interpretation of Antarctica, and is involved in editorial projects focusing on early Antarctic photography.

Materials include correspondence, digital images, films, work prints, and printed ephemera relating to his Antarctic travels and photography, including a copy of his master’s thesis, Antarctica: A Geography of the Sacred completed at Cambridge University, 2004.

Arrangement

Jean de Pomereu: Antarctic Photographs is organized into three series: Artist Information and Work, Expeditions, and Exhibitions. Folders are further organized by date.

Inclusive Dates

2002-2014

Bulk Dates

2002-2009

Quantity / Extent

1 cubic feet

Language

English, Chinese, French, Spanish

Related Archive Collections

  • CAE1112: Simon Balm: Stellar Axis, Antarctica
  • CAE1107: Stephen Eastaugh: Antarctic Work
  • CAE1103: Joan Myers: Wondrous Cold, An Antarctic Journey
  • CAE1042: Lita Albuquerque: Stellar Axis, Antarctica
  • CAE1217: Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky that Subliminal Kid: Ice Music
  • CAE1202: David Rosenthal: Paintings from the North and South Polar Regions
  • CAE1117: William L. Fox: Terra Antarctica
  • CAE1116: Chris Drury: Antarctica
  • CAE1219: Stuart Klipper: The Antarctic: From the Circle to the Pole
  • CAE1307: Chris Kannen: An Antarctic Extended Season
  • CAE1605: Anna McKee: 68,000 Years of Ice
  • CAE1806: Bruce Licher: Stamping Antarctica
  • CAE1910: Helen Glazer: Walking in Antarctica

Related Publications

Albuquerque, Lita. Lita Albuquerque: Stellar Axis. New York, N.Y.: Skira Rizzol, 2014.

Dowdeswell, Julian, Heather Lane, Georges Charlier, and Jean de Pomereu, eds. Captain Scott's Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913 - The Photographs of Herbert Ponting. Ulbeek, Belgium: Salto Ulbeek in association with the Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge, 2009.

Wolfe, Ann M., ed. The Altered Landscape: Photographs of a Changing Environment. New York: Rizzoli in association with Nevada Museum of Art, 2011.

Container Listing by Series:

CAE1218/1 Series 1: Artist Information and Work,

Series 1 contains items related to de Pomereu’s artistic and polar activities from 2002 through 2012.
  • CAE Box 31

    • 1-1 Artist Information, 2004-2014
    • 1-2 IPY (International Polar Year) 2007-2008, 2005-2009
    • 1-3 Herbert Ponting Portfolio, 2009

Additional Materials

  • CAE S-Box 27

    • 1-3#1 Captain Scott's Antarctic Expedition, 1910-1913, Brochure, 2009

CAE1218/2 Series 2: Expeditions,

Series 2 contains items related to de Pomereu’s expeditions from 2002 through 2009.
  • CAE Box 31

    • 2-1 Antarctica New Zealand, Nov 2002-Feb 2003, 2002-2003
    • 2-2 Peruvian Antarctic Institute, Feb 2004, 2003-2004
    • 2-3 Quark Expeditions, Nov 20-Dec 17, 2004, 2004-2005
    • 2-4 NSF Antarctic Artists & Writers Program, Dec 2006, 2006-2011
    • 2-5 Chinese Arctic and Antarctic Administration (CAA), Nov 6, 2008-Jan 3, 2009, 2007-2011
    • 2-6 Expedition Work Prints, 2002-2009

Additional Materials

  • CAE Box 39 Large Objects

    • 2-5#7 Chinese National Antarctic Research Expedition (CHINARE) Banner, 2009

CAE1218/3 Series 3: Exhibitions,

Series 3 contains items related to de exhibitions of de Pomereu’s photographs from 2005 through 2011.
  • CAE Box 31

    • 3-1 Corinne Wellesley and Marie-Laure De Cazotte, Dec 12-19, 2005, 2005
    • 3-2 Galerie de L’Hôtel le Marceau-Bastille, Sept 27 – Mar 11, 2007, 2007
    • 3-3 Artheme Galerie, Sept 26 – Oct 18, 2008, 2008
    • 3-4 Galerie du Globe, Feb 20 May 3, 2009, 2009
    • 3-5 OFOTO Gallery, Jan 23 – Mar 12, 2010, 2010
    • 3-6 Young Gallery Knokke, Feb 15 – Apr 5, 2011, 2011