The Faces of Antarctica in Black and White

January 14, 2009 | LaGuardia Community College, Newsmakers

When it comes to portrait photography, Scott Sternbach, director of the Commercial Photography Program at LaGuardia Community College, insists his 8×10 inch Wisner camera, is without equal. In late 2008, Prof. Sternbach and his bulky Wisner spent about 10 weeks shooting scientists and support staff at the Palmer Research Station in Antarctica. The results from the large-format camera, a throwback in both size and design to cameras used 100 years ago, were images that captured individuals in candid, relaxed and natural poses. “I tried to create a window on these people and show them as they are,” said Sternbach, whose project, “Antarctica in Black and White,” was funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

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