100-Year-Old Box of Negatives Discovered by Conservators in Antarctica


In something straight out of a movie, conservators restoring an Antarctic exploration hut discovered a box of unprocessed 100 year-old negatives!

Photo from Antarctic Heritage Trust New Zealand

Conservators of the New Zealand Antarctic Heritage Trust recently unearthed a spectacular find, as they chanced upon a small box of 22 exposed but unprocessed photographic negatives. It was just sitting there, frozen in a block of ice.

These priceless negatives, which were obviously in bad shape, was expertly processed by a Wellington photography conservator. Nigel Watson, executive director of the Antarctic Heritage Trust, was quoted saying “It’s the first example that I’m aware of, of undeveloped negatives from a century ago from the Antarctic heroic era. There’s a paucity of images from that expedition.”

If you’d like to see the full story behind this find, as well as the complete photos they were able to process, head on over to the Antarctic Heritage Trust New Zealand website.

Photo from Antarctic Heritage Trust New Zealand

Information for this article was sourced from Imaging Resource

written by cruzron on 2013-12-29 in #lifestyle #news #antarctica #history #photography #film


  1. bkspicture
    bkspicture ·

    Great article!!

  2. ezakimak
    ezakimak ·

    That is so cool (pardon the pun). I wonder what else is still out there waiting to be discovered....?

  3. california-poppy
    california-poppy ·

    That is amazing. I love to hear about old finds, er, new findings of old treasures like these old films. such an extraordinary thing it is to have found, especially since they were photographic documentations of history. ...the fact that the film was encased in ice is also pretty cool...hehe :)

  4. pangmark
    pangmark ·


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