2002-2003 Science Planning Summary

Artists & Writers

Mr. Guy Guthridge
Program Manager


NSF/OPP (none)
Station: McMurdo Station
RPSC POC: Elaine Hood
Research Site(s): Cape Adare, Dry Valleys, Cape Hallet, Cape Evans, Cape Royds, Terra Nova Bay, Cape Crozier

A photographic overview of the ongoing human exploration and occupation of Antarctica, the most hostile continent on our planet
Ms. Joan Myers

Deploying Team Members: Joan Myers
Research Objectives: Why does Antarctica matter? Why go there? Why have men and women risked life and limb in such a hostile environment? Why do we still spend money for research there? This photographic project, with its resulting exhibitions and book, will suggest answers to these questions by linking the past years of exploration visible in the historic huts with the ongoing research at McMurdo, field stations, and the South Pole, as seen in the structures that cling to the antarctic ice and in the faces and stances of those who work there.

A fine-art photographer, Ms. Myers will produce photographs that will appear in exhibit and book form. The works will complement works from her earlier trips to South Georgia, the South Orkneys, and the Antarctic Peninsula to illustrate remnants of the past, research stations of the present, and construction for the future—that is, how we as a species have visited, explored, studied, and lived in Antarctica. Her book, "Salt Dreams: Land and Water in Low-Down California" (1999, University of New Mexico Press), won the Western States Award for nonfiction.

Field Season Overview:
Ms. Myers will work out of McMurdo for about 4 months. She plans to photograph field sites in the polar landscape as well as details of structures, research equipment, and individuals working at the sites. Her photos will include panoramas, site documentation, portraits, and aerials.