Laurier Archives Spring Lecture with Pat & Rosemarie Keough.
This is a wonderful presentation and the full recording is available on YouTube. Click here.
Canada’s Laurier University engaged Pat & Rosemarie Keough as speakers for the Laurier Archives and Special Collections Annual Spring Lecture, 2023. The Keoughs shared insights into their celebrated fine-press artists’ book ANTARCTICA via Zoom and 90 minutes passed all too swiftly!
Discussion encompassed the Keoughs’ Antarctic exploration, imagery, design considerations, state-of-the-art lighography technology, centuries-old hand binding skills, and archival vegetable leather tannage. By popular demand, a recording will soon be made publicly available.
Update July - YES!! Full Recording available on YouTube. Click here.
Thanks so much for hosting Rosemarie and Pat Keough’s presentation of their ANTARCTICA. It was absolutely spellbinding to watch. I have a couple colleagues who were unable to attend who would really appreciate the intricacies of what was involved in the hand binding. I'm wondering if you could share the recording.
Earth Day Celebrations in Lisbon include an engaging Antarctica lecture presented by Pat & Rosemarie Keough to an appreciative audience at the Portuguese National Natural History and Sciences Museum. Museum Director Marta Lourenço in her introduction stated: “I cannot think of a more inspiring way to commemorate Earth Day than to travel to the southernmost, least populated and remotest continent on Earth, Antarctica. And we could not have the honour and delight of two better guides: Pat and Rosemarie Keough from British Columbia, Canada.”
This opportunity was quite refreshing for the Keoughs, the topic being their extensive Antarctic experiences over a 17-year period as well as recent observations relating to climate.
Marta Lourenço's full introduction pdf available here.
University of Texas, Arlington hosts an exhibition of 150 Antarctic maps and the Keough tome ANTARCTICA. UTA Special Collections Librarian/Archivist Evan Spencer writes: “The donation of Antarctic maps became official in March and we had an open house to show them off (over 150 maps in the collection!). I also put out your ANTARCTICA tome and people LOVED it. [Here] is a photo of our Cartographic Archivist, Ben Huseman, and our donor David Finfrock (former NBC Meteorologist here in Dallas-Fort Worth) looking at the tome. People really enjoyed seeing the beautiful photos next to our new collection of maps – just as I suspected.”
The ANTARCTICA tome “is going to fashion a new research collection here, especially with the issues of climate change, oil drilling, national competition over Antarctica, resources, etc, and the history and beauty of Antarctica itself !” so wrote Professor Dean Debolt, University Librarian/Archivist upon receipt of ANTARCTICA at the University of West Florida. Debolt shared a most interesting, yet little known connection between the university’s home of Pensacola and the heroic age of polar exploration. Southern hickory from local forests, renowned for strength, hardness and flexibility, was specifically selected by explorer Roald Amundsen for the dog sleds of his arctic and antarctic expeditions: the first-ever full transit of the Northwest Passage, Gjoa Expedition 1903-6; and the first to reach the South Pole, December 1911 (photo at right). Dean Debolt's article pdf available here.
A further coincidence for which ANTARCTICAis the catalyst of an Antarctic Research Collection at UWF... Almost a decade ago, Billy-Ace Penguin Barker acquired ANTARCTICA #567/950 for his personal Antarctic book collection, which at time numbered over 3,000 volumes. Billy-Ace was a retired U.S. Navy officer who worked at McMurdo Station from 1964-1980 overwintering multiple times. He was a founding member of the Old Antarctic Explorers Association, a chapter of which, primarily Navy veterans, is in Pensacola; and he served as the group’s newsletter editor through to his death last year at 85 years of age. Prof Dean Debolt wrote: “I mentioned your book to our faculty member Dr. Wade Jeffery who has done some Antarctica research trips and he had been gifted Billy-Ace’s copy of your book. Then he told me about Billy-Ace’s passing and that his daughter did not know what to do with his vast Antarctica library and collection. So I brought it up to our library administration and collection development group since, as a subject, this falls outside of our normal collecting goals. And everybody was in favor of our developing a new research collection on Antarctica, anchored by your book as well as getting Billy-Ace’s collection and donations from any other members of the old explorers group. So your ANTARCTICA tome is going to fashion a new research collection here especially with the issues of climate change, oil drilling, national competition over Antarctica, resources, etc, and the history and beauty of Antarctica itself ! How about that?!”
From the Arts to the Sciences, Portugal acknowledges Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA.
Portugal’s Calouste Gulbenkian Museum and the Portuguese National Science and Natural History Museum have accessioned copies of the Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA for their institutes’ collections in Lisbon. The Keoughs are particularly delighted for their work to be acknowledged as a visual bridge between the arts and sciences. For North Americans who may be unfamiliar with the Gulbenkian, this museum is among the world's finest private art museums. The initial recommendation was made by Dr. Adelino Canário, professor at the University of Algarve, Faro and Portugal’s SCAR representative for matters of international Antarctic scientific research co-operation. Dr. Canário wrote that the Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA, collected by his university library in 2018, “is displayed publically right in the middle of the main room. People (and me) are always amazed by the sheer size and beauty of the book. I think the one word is AWESOME.”
Intergenerational Polar connections – Arctic and Antarctic
ANTARCTICA is among the treasured books in the libraries of descendants of 19th and 20th century polar explorers. Among these are the relatives of Sir James Wordie and Lieutenant Matthew Liddon. (Liddon: September 2022).
Sir James Wordie, Scottish polar explorer and geologist, was a member of nine polar expeditions including Sir Ernest Shackleton’s epic Endurance/Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition of 1914-17. The Wordie Ice Shelf and Wordie Nunatak in Antarctica were named in his honour. Amongst many positions, for nearly two decades Wordie served as Chairman of the Scott Polar Research Institute. Today his grandson, Roderick Wordie, has commissioned a very special binding of the ANTARCTICA tome. And there is quite a story here!
Philip Smith, internationally renowned designer bookbinder and book artist, had a tough time persuading the Keoughs to sell him an unbound set of pages of ANTARCTICA, his intensions to create a unique binding which would be a work of art in itself. They met in 2005 at the Oxford University Fine Press Book Fair, and Philip was determined. Eventually, the Keoughs made a one-and-only exception and book block #830 was couriered to Philip in England. Years flew by; visits and emails shared; ideas discussed. Health issues intervened, the pages remained unbound. One day, exactly on the anniversary of the meeting of the Keoughs and Philip, Lester Capon wrote, “I have inherited a copy of your fantastically beautiful book. This one is ‘in sheets’ and is I believe an artists proof copy.. This came from a deceased friend who was, like me, a bookbinder - Philip Smith. It is so different from anything else he had. I don’t suppose you could throw any light on how he acquired this?” And following subsequent correspondence between the parties, Lester wrote, “I am delighted that we can trace the provenance easily back to you. Philip’s family had asked me to sell the books ‘in sheets’ that he did not get around to binding. I did that, but hung on to ANTARCTICA for a while, to enjoy it. I showed it to Roderick Wordie who is the grandson of Sir James Wordie, the geologist and chief scientific officer on Shackleton’s expedition in 1914. He immediately wanted to buy it, so it has gone to, what I hope you agree, is a very suitable home. Roderick would like me to create a design binding for it which I am pleased to do.” Without a doubt Lester’s binding will be a work of art, and Roderick’s home is eminently suitable! Lester Capon started bookbinding in the 1970s and is Fellow and President of the Designer Bookbinders, a society “dedicated to preserving, promoting, and improving the craft of contemporary bookbinding.”
Intergenerational Polar connections – Arctic and Antarctic
ANTARCTICA is among the treasured books in the libraries of descendants of 19th and 20th century polar explorers. Among these are the relatives of Lieutenant Matthew Liddon and Sir James Wordie. (Wordie: November 2022)
Lieutenant Matthew Liddon was commander of HMS Griper, one of two vessels under the leadership of Sir William Parry during the 1819-20 British Naval Northwest Passage Expedition. During this voyage of discovery a furthest west was achieved and also the furthest north for a ship to overwinter to that date. HMS Griper and HMS Hecla sailed through the unknown waters of Lancaster Sound and Parry Channel to beyond Melville Island, transiting the Canadian Arctic archipelago to 113° 46' west. This past month whilst voyaging the Northwest Passage, the Keoughs met Liddon’s great-great-great grandson Tim Liddon and his adventurous wife Morag. Amongst the Liddon’s family cherished heirlooms is an original document dating from their ancestor’s polar expedition: a message tossed to the seas in a glass bottle with details of the 1819 voyage written in flowing script by Liddon himself. A later notation informs that 19th-century whalers retrieved this Admiralty bottle mid-Atlantic and, as per instruction on the note, the report was forwarded, eventually, to the British Admiralty. In the photo below, Tim, Morag and family, are pleased to add the Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA to their personal library. Seen immediately behind the family is the actual barrel organ that had been aboard HMS Griper to provide entertainment to the officers and crew during the long, polar night while locked in ice. The illustration that follows depicts the heroic effort of the crew to cut passage through sea ice for their ships to pass into a sheltered bay for the winter.
“Donated Book worth its weight in Penguins.” So starts an article in The Brock News, published by Brock University, St. Catherines, Ontario, Canada. In fact, ANTARCTICA at 12.5 kg is the weight of two Gentoo Penguins. Gentoos are the largest of the trio of brush-tail penguins, the other two species being Chinstraps and Adélies. The Keoughs, together with Nahanni Productions Inc., recently gifted ANTARCTICA to the Brock University Library Archives and Special Collections. From the article: “[the tome] is said to be the weight of two gentoo penguins — a fitting comparison for a fine photography book titled ANTARCTICA. ... Photographic interests include polar studies, earth science, climate change, exploration, biology, environmental studies, frozen architecture and archaeology, and history of whaling.”
Access the full article with photos on the Brock News website.
Pat & Rosemarie Keough had the distinctive honour to provide Antarctic Slide Shows for the 2019 Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting (ATCM) held in Prague, Czech Republic July 1-11th. These presentations exclusively feature the Keough’s Antarctic imagery taken over an 18-year period, and are accompanied by evocative music created by Handré Potgieter and Valmar Kurol.The sounds and sites of Antarctica helped ATCM Delegates representing 54 nations and invited Observers and Experts from around the world focus upon the reason for their gathering. The slide shows were projected during all breaks and pre-meeting gatherings in each of the meeting rooms throughout the 11 days of meetings.
From the Antarctic Treaty Website:
The Antarctic Treaty was signed in Washington on 1 December 1959 by the twelve countries whose scientists had been active in and around Antarctica during the International Geophysical Year (IGY) of 1957-58. It entered into force in 1961 and has since been acceded to by many other nations. The total number of Parties to the Treaty is now 54. Some important provisions of the Treaty:
- Antarctica shall be used for peaceful purposes only (Art. I)
- Freedom of scientific investigation in Antarctica and cooperation
toward that end … shall continue (Art. II)
- Scientific observations and results from Antarctica shall be exchanged
and made freely available (Art. III)
In Celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Antarctic Treaty, and in commemoration of the XLII Antarctic Treaty Consultative Meeting, the Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA is presented to Head of Government of the 54 nations that are signatories to the Treaty. To the president, prime minister, or monarch of each country, this monumental tome is a reminder that the Antarctic Treaty, adopted in 1959, is a bright beacon of international peace and co-operation “with the interests of science and the progress of all mankind,” (quoted from the Treaty). Each tome is individually customized with a signed dedication card as per the example below for Australia. The presentation was officiated by Martin Smolek, XLII ATCM Chair. Czech Republic is the host country of the 2019 ATCM.
The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research France decided that the ANTARCTICA tome by Pat & Rosemarie Keough presented to France by POLAR 2018, would best be received by the Museum of the French Polar Institute, there to be among many treasured historic artifacts of Antarctic and Arctic exploration. The transfer to the Institut Polaire Français Paul-Emile Victor took place early May of this year.
Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA tome and digital imagery were exhibited in the Antarctic Museum of Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina for the Polar Museums Network 2019 workshop hosted by the Ushuaia Maritime Museum – Museo Marítimo y del Presidio de Ushuaia. These museums are most interesting, located in a former prison, the cells now displaying art and artifacts. While the Keoughs have often exhibited in North America and Europe, this was the first exhibit of their work in South America. It is also the second whereby imagery is shared on a continuous loop via digital projection. Polar academics and museum practitioners from many countries attended this event, following which the exhibit continued through the international SC-HASS* biennial conference and the Antarctic tourism season. The ANTARCTICA tome is accessioned the permanent collections of the Ushuaia Maritime Museum.
*SC-HASS Standing Committee on Antarctic Humanities and Social Sciences.
THE EXPLORERS CLUB publishes Salt Spring Symposium (PDF download) reporting on this renowned exploration retreat hosted by Pat & Rosemarie Keough. Explorers came together at the Keough home in British Columbia from Mongolia, Tanzania, England, Norway, Israel, Alaska, 5 American states and 4 Canadian provinces. During three days of intensive fellowship, 44 lectures were shared of current fieldwork and research from around the world. As written in BBC News: “New York’s Explorers Club has inspired adventurers, aquanauts and astronauts for more than a century. But it’s now evolving to inspire everyone to make the world a better place.” Pat and Rosemarie were honoured as Sweeney Medalists by The Explorers Club in 2014 for their photographic and environmental work, together with their contributions to the club. In 2002 Rosemarie and Pat were elected Fellows of The Explorers Club. Further information about this illustrious club is on The Explorers Club website. And here’s a fine article from BBC: BBC Article: The Secret Club that has been Everywhere.
From Columbia: “On behalf Captain Alex Ferrero, Executive Secretary of the Colombia Ocean Commission, we will like to express our gratitude for the wonderful ANTARCTICA tome. As the coordinators of the Colombian Antarctic Program, we delivered the book to the vessel ARC 20 de Julio that departed from Colombia the 20th of November and currently is in Antarctica. We wanted to share with the crew and the scientists this beautiful book which has been an excellent tool to approach national Scientifics of the white continent. After the vessel arrives back to Colombia in mid-February, we will relocate the book for a period of time in a research center, for scientists to view and be inspiration for their following research topics.”
Photo Credit: Colombia Ocean Commission
Iranian National Institute for Oceanography and Atmospheric Science (INIOAS), as the national coordinator of marine research organizations, has established the National Centre for Antarctic Research (NCAR), with long term plans to found a year-round Antarctic research station. NCAR is selecting motivated young scientists in many disciplines to develop an active new generation of polar scientists, engineers and leaders. The Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA tome has been accessioned at the institute’s library, a facility regularily visited by marine researchers and students. The book was presented to Iran by WSL Switzerland and SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research under the International Council of Scientific Unions).
Photo Credit: INIOAS
In Istanbul, Turkey on Antarctica Day, December 1st, the newly launched Polar Science Center opens for the public and receives many groups of students. Among the exhibits are a time tunnel presenting the history of Antarctica; an information room lit by polar aurora; hands-on experiments; displays on polar ecosystem with penguin and polar bear models; Antarctic documentary films; an exhibit of polar art created by students across the country; a chilly -17°C room where clothing worn by Turkish Antarctic scientists since 1967 is displayed; and the Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA tome. Dr. Burcu Ozsoy, Director, Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Center (PolReC) writes: “The ANTARCTICA tome took a lot of attention of the students as well as all public people who joined the openning ceremony. PolReC would like to recognize Pat and Rosemarie Keough for this special gift.”
Photo Credit: Istanbul Technical University Polar Research Center, Turkey
ANTARCTICA by Pat & Rosemarie Keough has been collected by individuals and institutions around the world. The most northerly copy is held by the Norwegian Polar Institute in Tromsø at 69.4°N latitude, followed rather closely in the Canadian Arctic by the CHARS Campus, Cambridge Bay, 69.07°N. The most southerly copy is seasonally at White Desert Antarctica, 71.3°S latitude. Less remote, at the world's most southerly city, Ushuaia, Argentina, 54.4°S latitude, the ANTARCTICA tome has been collected by the Antarctic Museum, Dr. José Maria Sobral. Nearby at 53.1°S in Punta Arenas, the Chilean Antarctic Institute, has also collected ANTARCTICA. Nearest to the equator are the several private Collectors whose home is Singapore, 1.1°N. Also near to the equator is the copy owned by the Ecuadorian Antarctic Institute, 2.1°S. To date eight Royal families – in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East – have acquired ANTARCTICA.
Primarily ANTARCTICA is collected by private individuals. Locations of these collectors are indicated on the world map below by the blue squares – on all seven continents. Gold triangles indicate the locations of Universities, Art Museums, Natural History Museums, Antarctic Research Institutes, National Polar Programs and Libraries, approaching 100 institutions in 43 countries.
Each of the world's Antarctic Polar Institutes have accessioned Pat & Rosemarie Keoughs' tome ANTARCTICA , thanks to POLAR 2018 (scroll below to June 2018 Davos Switzerland). At this major international scientific congress of Antarctic and Arctic scientists, an event that occurs just once per decade, the ANTARCTICA tome was presented by co-hosts WSL Switzerland and SCAR (Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research under the International Council of Scientific Unions) to each of the 43 SCAR National Committees worldwide. Comments received are posted below with photos, including USA, Ukraine, Brazil, Spain and Australia. Further comments received include:
Polar Knowledge Canada: “Polar Knowledge Canada (POLAR) was pleased to receive the book ANTARCTICA on behalf of the Canadian Committee on Antarctic Research, in commemoration of POLAR2018. POLAR very much looks forward to sharing this book with visiting polar researchers, students and the local community at its headquarters at the Canadian High Arctic Research Station campus in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.”
Chilean Antarctic Institute: “The book ANTARCTICA received by this Institute is now within the library of the Chilean Antarctic Institute in the city of Punta Arenas, Chile.
This beautiful book with its great many images supports our work of communication, having much visual appeal for children, youth and adults. The library is regularly visited by researchers from different institutions and universities. ANTARCTICA is now available for students, teachers, researchers and scientists.”
The Ecuadorian Antarctic Institute (INAE): “The work ANTARCTICA received by this Institute rests in the archive of special publications of the Ecuadorian Antarctic Institute, likewise it has been used to promote the Antarctic spirit and culture in students and population in general. The book with its images has become a visual icon to support our work of communication and dissemination during events, a visual appeal for children, youth and adults. It is an open window that draws its readers significantly closer to a majestic and limitedly explored world, Antarctica, with its different facets and forms.”
National Institute of Oceanography, Pakistan: “The ANTARCTICA book has been accessioned by Research Library of the National Institute of Oceanography. The library is regularly visited by researchers from different institutions and universities and every individual greatly appreciates the book and also the efforts of the contributors. This book has certainly played a positive role in developing the urge to visit Antarctica. We all are now keenly working towards planning a scientific expedition to Antarctica.”
November - December 2018Exhibitions of ANTARCTICA take place on two sides of the Atlantic – in the Netherlands and Canada. NWO Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research, The Hague, hosts a Polar exhibition featuring the creations of four artists including Pat & Rosemarie Keough. This exhibit, displayed in NWO’s lobby for the month of December, helps focus attention on Dutch polar research. The exhibit also draws attention to Antarctic Day, December 1st, and the 2018 Dutch Polar Symposium. In Canada, for the month of November in the very community where ANTARCTICA was handbound by master bookbinders, an exhibition ANTARCTICA: Passion and Obsession is hosted by the Helsen Gallery, Halton Hills. This solo Keough exhibition features 56 Keough photographs and their tome ANTARCTICA.
The Polar Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, USA was “honored to receive ANTARCTICA by Rosemarie and Pat Keough. It is currently being displayed in the office of our Board Director, Amanda Staudt, and has become a popular stop for distinguished visitors touring our building. Recently it was a centerpiece at the Polar Research Board’s 60th anniversary celebration event. Talks are underway to create a more public display space for the ANTARCTICA tome at the National Academy of Sciences historical building on Constitution Avenue, Washington DC.” The Polar Research Board exists to promote excellence in polar science and to provide independent scientific guidance to federal agencies and the nation on science issues in the Arctic, the Antarctic, and cold regions in general.
Amanda Staudt, Board Director (left); April Melvin, Program Officer;
Laurie Geller, Program Manager (right) and Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA
Photo Credit: Polar Research Board, USA
The National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine upon receiving the Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA stated: “For a while ANTARCTICA was in the office of our Deputy Minister Dr. Maksym Strykha. He is a real connoisseur of such editions, so he was so much delighted. And now the ANTARCTICA tome has taken a worthy place in the library of the National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine and is ready to serve as an excellent exhibit at upcoming exhibitions, which will be organized by the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine and the National Antarctic Scientific Center.”
Dr. Evgen Dykyi, Director, National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine and Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA
Photo Credit: National Antarctic Scientific Center of Ukraine
The Brazilian Antarctic Program which recently acquired ANTARCTICA has shared: “ANTARCTICA by Rosemarie and Pat Keough exceeds all expectations, in the quality of the photographs, and in the material used for printing and binding. The book is a work of art for exhibition in museums and libraries!” And in Portuguese: “ANTARCTICA por Rosemarie and Pat Keough excede todas as expectativas, tanto na qualidade das photographies, no material usado para impressão e encadernação. Um livro e uma obra de arte para exposição em museus e bibliotecas!”
(At left) Dr. Jefferson Cardia Simões Vice-President, Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR/ICSU),
Centro Polar e Climático - CPC Instituto de Geociências, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Brasil
Photo Credit: Centro Polar e Climático
Twenty-five years ago HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand visited the Ross Sea region of Antarctica, and she was awed. HRH’s personal interest directly led to the founding of the Polar Science Consortium of Thailand, which is under HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn’s Initiatives. As shared by Prof. Dr. Pairash Thajchayapong, Director of the National Science and Technology Development Agency, Thailand, “Since then she has encouraged Thai researchers to carry out researches in the Antarctic by collaborations with other countries and come back to inspire Thai science community. ... Thai scientists [have been sent] to Antarctica in various fields such as marine science, environment, atmospheric science and geology... remote sensing, mapping and surveying, and ... astronomy.”
During the 44th Congress on Science and Technology of Thailand, the opening of which was presided by HRH, Princess Sirindhorn was presented with a copy of the Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA. This presentation commemorates the 25th anniversary of HRH’s Antarctic expedition, and the beginning of Thai polar sciences.
In Madrid on the occasion of Spain’s IX Symposium on Polar Studies, the ANTARCTICA tome is formerly presented by Prof. Jerónimo López-Martinez, President, National SCAR Committee of Spain to Francisco González Lodeiro, General Director Geological Survey of Spain. This reception, attended by over 200 Spanish polar scientists, took place in the elegant Museo Geominero on September 6th. ANTARCTICA is now accessible to the scientific community and the public at the Geological Survey's historic library founded in 1849, where this valued tome is part of the permanent collections. (IGME-Instituto Geológico y Minero de España).
(above left) Francisco González Lodeiro, General Director, Geological Survey of Spai receives ANTARCTICA from
Prof. Jerónimo López-Martinez, President, National SCAR Commmittee of Spain and
Isabel Rábano, Head, IGME Department of Geoscientific Infrastructure and Services.
(above right) The official presentation of ANTARCTICA to the Spanish Geological Survey, Madrid.
Photo Credits: IGME-Instituto Geológico y Minero de Espana.
ANTARCTICA is enthusiastically received by the Australian Academy of Science. Gwen Fenton, Chief Scientist, Australian Government, Antarctic Division was presented the Keoughs’ tome on behalf of her country.
As posted on Twitter .... Gwen Fenton: “Great pleasure to receive this amazing book for the Australian Antarctic Division library @AusAntarctic recently in Canberra #SCAR #POLAR2018.”
Australian Academy of Science: “Marveling at the amazing limited-edition 'ANTARCTICA' tome we have received. It's presented to all @SCAR_tweets National Committees as part of #POLAR2018.”
Davos, Switzerland ... “SCAR is honoured to acknowledge the Keoughs’ tome ANTARCTICA as a unique, thoroughly researched and illustrated document of immense contemporary value, one which will be all the more important with the passage of time. A compelling and magnificent time capsule of the Antarctic.” Prof. Steven Chown, President SCAR, the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, an interdisciplinary body of the International Council for Science. ANTARCTICA is the Official Book of POLAR2018 and the XXXV SCAR Biennial Meetings. At this unprecedented event which brought together over 2500 of the world’s leading experts working in the Arctic and Antarctic, Pat and Rosemarie Keough presented a talk about their tome to SCAR Delegates. Specially dedicated copies of the Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA were presented to each of the 43 SCAR member countries which support Antarctic research: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, People’s Republic of China, Columbia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, Ukraine, Uruguay, United States of America, and Venezuela.
Pat and Rosemarie Keough together with Dr Konrad Steffen, Director, Swiss Polar Institute and WSL
present ANTARCTICA to
Dr Aleksandr Makarov, Director, Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, Russia. Photo Credit: Stephen Curtain
MV THE WORLD is the world’s largest private residential ship, a community of 165 luxurious homes at sea. The Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA is prominently displayed in the ship’s library along with an announcement of the tome’s recognition by the International Scientific Community in relation to the forthcoming POLAR2018 congress. The Keoughs’ most recent voyage as guests aboard THE WORLD included an exciting expedition to the Ross Sea, Antarctica – the first return of the Keoughs to this remote quadrant of Antarctica in 17 years. At the awesome face of the Ross Ice Shelf within the Bay of Whales, MV THE WORLD achieved a furthest south navigation of any ship ever with co-ordinates 78°43.996 S and 163°41.425 W. This feat is acknowledged by the Guiness Book of Records. The Ross Ice Shelf is constantly flowing northward, and the face is constantly eroding southward, hence the furthest south to be reached in the Antarctic is a moving target.
Photo Credit: First Officer Safety Carsten Jacobsen
ANTARCTICA is the Official Book of POLAR2018. Over 2000 Arctic and Antarctic scientists from around the world will convene for POLAR2018 in Davos, Switzerland, June 2018, to present their research and to plan future scientific expeditions. Pat and Rosemarie Keough are honoured that their tome has been recognized by SCAR (The Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research) and the international scientific community, an honour which complements the many accolades received from critics of photography, printing, and the bookarts.
Pat and Rosemarie Keough’s monumental tome ANTARCTICA was presented to HRH Sultan Mizan Zainal Abildin, Sultan of Terengganu and patron of Malaysia’s YPASM, the Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation (SMARF). The presentation was made by Malaysia’s Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, the Ministry’s Secretary General, and the CEO of the Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation. The tome acknowledges the relationship between Students On Ice and Malaysia’s youth program for polar studies. As such the opus includes a special dedication to His Royal Highness autographed by HSH Prince Albert of Monaco in his capacity as Honorary Chair, Students On Ice Foundation, and by Geoff Green, Founder, Student On Ice. In August, also in Malaysia, Dr Jenny Baeseman, SCAR Executive Director and enthusiastic alumnus of SOI presented the Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA at SCAR 2016, the biennial congress of the Scientific Committee of Antarctic Research attended by scientists and delegates from 43 member and associate countries.
Centre left is Madius Tangau, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation and Chairman, Board of Trustee, SMARF ;
Centre right is Mohd Azhar Yahaya, Secretary General, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and Member, Board of Trustee, SMARF; and at right is Mohd Nasaruddin Abd Rahman, CEO, SMARF. Photo Credit: SMARF
Museum of Fine Arts Houston annually hosts “One Great Night in November” for men only. During this spirited evening, gentlemen have the opportunity to contribute to the museum’s permanent collection while enjoying the camaraderie of an old-time smoker. Over fine wines, ports, and a great meal, black-tie guests vote on allocating the evening’s proceeds toward works of art presented for possible acquisition by the museum’s curators. The Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA was thus acquired at “One Great Night in November, 2007” as a special gift by Houston’s John Gaylord and Ted Gaylord in honor of their father, Edward Gaylord. More recently, Jon Evans, Director, Hirsch Library, Museum of Fine Arts Houston writes: “I regularly feature the Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA when photo-related classes come to our library and it remains a title that piques the interest of students and faculty alike.” Other instutions which have collected ANTARCTICA during this year include: in the USA, Denison University and the University of Washington; in Canada, Lester B. Pearson College; and in Malaysia, Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation.
Photo Credit: Pete Baatz, Houston.culturemap.com
Pat and Rosemarie Keough hosted the The Explorers Club Salt Spring Symposium, an inspiring three-day event founded by the Keoughs in 2004. Explorers passionate about their respective field of discipline came from as far as New Zealand and direct from activities in Mongolia, France, Gibraltar, and the Canadian Arctic. Stimulating presentations, 41 in all, are summarized by Explorers Club President Ted Janulis in The Explorers Journal (read it here). The Explorers Club is an international multidisciplinary professional society dedicated to the advancement of field research and the ideal that it is vital to preserve the instinct to explore. For their work in Antarctica and sub-arctic Canada, Pat and Rosemarie were elected as Fellow International of The Explorers Club in 2001. For contributions to the club, they were honoured as Sweeney Medalists in 2014. The Canadian Chapter presented Rosemarie with the Stefansson Award in 2007.
Photo Credit: Pat & Rosemarie Keough
Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research (SCAR) is responsible for initiativing and coordinating international scientific research in Antarctica. At SCAR 2016 Kuala Lampur, the biennual Open Science Conference and Delegates Meeting, a very special presentation was made of the Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA. The tome is dedicated by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco along with Geoff Green of Students On Ice (SOI) for presentation to HRH Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin. Sultan Mizan is Malaysia’s patron of polar education and research, also founder of the Sultan Mizan Antarctic Research Foundation (SMARF). Jenny Baeseman, Excutive Director SCAR, made the official presentation of the Keough tome to Mr. Nasarudding, Executive Director, SMARF, on behalf of the Sultan. Among the sentiments shared in Baeseman’s speech, the full text of which is downloaded here, is recognition of His Royal Highness’s “visionary leadership in founding and supporting SMARF”, also appreciation for the partnership of SMARF and SOI which engages Malaysian youth and teachers on educational polar expeditions. In relation to the Keoughs’ work, she said, “This monumental volume has been created by Pat and Rosemarie Keough in a lifetime of dedication and contains the most stunning collection of photographic images of the Antarctic continent ever created. As such this internationally acclaimed, hand-crafted volume encapsulates the sublime complexity of Antarctica’s eco-system that we all wish to understand and preserve for future generations.”
Photo Credit: SCAR 2016 Kuala Lumpur
April 2016Denison University acquires the Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA and gives a welcome surprise to Library Director BethAnn Zabella. BethAnn met the Keoughs at the Artists’ Book Conference hosted by Wellesley College over a decade previous. Ever since she has admired this work – initially as staff at Wellesley, the college having purchased both ANTARCTICA and its custom bookstand, and in her new position where the tome was on her wish list. Thanks to her colleagues’ initiative, ANTARCTICA is now available for students and faculty at Denison’s Archives and Special Collections.
The Keoughs’ ANTARCTICA tome is appreciated on all seven continents, including Antarctica. During the past two austral summers and on-going, the Keoughs’ opus is enjoyed by guests of White Desert Antarctica. This luxurious, adventure company exclusively offers bespoke Antarctic experiences to the rarely visited interior of Antarctica and to an Emperor Penguin colony located not far from White Desert’s Whichaway Camp in Dronning Maud Land (the African side of Antarctica). Here’s two photos of White Desert’s facilities. The Keough tome is front and centre in the camp lounge.
Photo Credit: Martin Hartley, White Desert Antarctica
Photo Credit: Martin Hartley, White Desert Antarctica
Uwe Mummenhoff, art collector, has been in the photographic business since 1955. Having built a worldwide company involved with photography he has met many of the world's finest photographers and is well familiar with their work. In the short movie presented here, Uwe speaks about Pat and Rosemarie Keough and their tome ANTARCTICA.
Click to Play Video. Uwe concludes, “Would you believe, if you keep this book to the end of your living days, and then you pass it on, and then your children, they will pass it on. This book will be there for another two hundred to three hundred years. Yes, it has a certain cost, but in terms of what this book gives to you, your loved ones, it is not in relationship at all. It's something you are investing in on the one hand, but it is a gift to you and to all the people around you.”
ANTARCTICA #574/950 was presented to the Canadian Museum of Natural History on behalf of Students On Ice (SOI) by SOI founder Geoff Green and Pat & Rosemarie Keough. Autographed by HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco (SOI Foundation Chair), Geoff Green, and by the 200 students and staff of the SOI 2015 Arctic Expedition, this dedicated volume embodies the spirit of SOI to “Connect the Poles” through educational programs. The Keoughs were among the professionals who shared their knowledge with students.
Pat & Rosemarie Keough contributed their skills to the Students On Ice 2015 Arctic Expedition. Over a hundred students from as far as China and Rwanda, and as near as Greenland and Arctic Canada, joined a talented staff of botanists, ornithologists, historians, geologists, artists, authors, musicians on a journey of discovery to Greenland and Canada’s Northwest Passage. The Keoughs are photographed below with planetary scientist Pascal Lee and his polar bear dog, King Kong, at one of the Franklin Expedition graves on Beechey Island. Following the SOI expedition, Pascal and King Kong were headed to nearby Devon Island to continue field research at NASA’s Haughton-Mars Project.
Pat and Rosemarie Keough enjoyed an entire austral summer in Antarctica presenting a full program on the Art of Photography to Guests of the luxurious M/V SEABOURN QUEST, several of whom took the opportunity to become collectors of the Keoughs' tomes and photography.
Blouin Art+Auction, the prestigious international magazine for art collectors, acclaimed ANTARCTICA by Pat & Rosemarie Keough to be One of the Three Classics together with Ansel Adams’s Sierra Nevada 1938; and Henri Cartier-Bresson’s The Decisive Moment 1952. This distinction was foreshadowed four years ago by Abebooks.com, the largest on-line network of Antiquarian Book Dealers, which ranked ANTARCTICA among the Ten Most Collectible Photography Books of all Time.
The Aesthetics of Exploration, a lecture on how people are engaged and become involved through the power of imagery, was presented by Rosemarie Keough during the Women of Discovery Forum, hosted by Wings Worldquest at The Explorers Club, New York City. Rosemarie is a Fellow of Wings Worldquest, an organization whose mission is to celebrate and support extraordinary women explorers. Included in her lecture were observations from her Wings Flag #19 Expedition Report entitled: ANTARCTICA: Eye Witness, Impact of Tourism 2014 compared to 1999. A pdf copy of this report can be accessed here. During this inspired forum, 20 women shared their passion and research including Sylvia Earle, Mission Blue oceanography; Arita Baaijens, Dutch desert explorer and biologist; Felicity Aston, British polar explorer, physicist and meteorologist; Daphne Soares, Brazilian neurocologist and cave diver (all in the name of research); Gladys Kamema-Zikusoka, Ugandan veterinarian, gorilla expert.
A presentation is made to His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco, Honorary Chair of the Students on Ice Foundation, by Geoff Green, Founder, Students on Ice, at the Prince’s palace in Monte Carlo during the Annual Students on Ice event. The presentation gift is a specially dedicated copy of ANTARCTICA by Pat & Rosemarie Keough. The event, hosted by the Prince Albert II Foundation, was attended by over 400 youth, including several SOI alumni, and many special guests. Students on Ice is an award-winning organization offering unique educational expeditions to the Antarctic and Arctic. The Keoughs are very pleased to be associated with this organization whose mandate is to “provide students, educators and scientists from around the world with inspiring educational opportunities at the ends of the Earth, and, in doing so, help them foster a new understanding and respect for the planet.”
Photo Credit: Students on Ice
The Explorers Club honours Pat and Rosemarie Keough with the Sweeney Medal in recognition of the couple’s photography and outstanding contributions to the welfare and objectives of The Explorers Club. The Keoughs’ acceptance speech and slide presentation were enjoyed by over 1100 people present in the ballroom of New York’s Waldorf Astoria and also by 25,000 live-stream viewers on their computers! That evening The Explorers Medal was presented to Walter Musk, the world’s greatest living oceanographer who founded the study of wave prediction during WWII for D-Day landings, and today, at 96 years of age, continues to inspire researchers at the Scripps Institute in California. Three additional merit awards pertaining to the theme of Exploration & Technology: Celebrating Innovation in Discovery were given to: Elon Musk for developing the technology to revolutionize both space exploration and sustainable transportation through his companies SpaceX and Tesla Motors; Jeff Bezos and the Bezos Apollo 11 Rocket Recovery Expedition Team, credited with locating and retrieving from depths of 14,000 feet off the Florida coast, the center F-1 engine from the Saturn S-IC rocket used to launch Apollo 11, and other Apollo F-1 rocket engines; and the Buzz Aldrin Quadrennial Space Award (presented by Buzz) was shared by astronaut Franklin Chang-Diaz – who served seven times at the International Space Station and on Earth has developed an engine that could take man to Mars in 39 days – and astrophysicist Maria Zuber – discoverer of a metal core at the centre of the moon, and developer of mapping techniques to study the surface and internal features of far-off planets and moons. Quite the evening and quite the company!
Pat and Rosemarie Keough. Sweeney Medalists. Photo Credit: Karin Zieff
Pat and Rosemarie Keough returned to Antarctica and found the White Continent and the wildlife to be as exceptional as ever. The Keoughs lectured on the Art of Photography on two 21-day voyages aboard the luxurious M/V SEABOURN QUEST. The Keoughs’ wrote of the experience: “What a wonderful world we live in to be Zodiac cruising amongst gleaming icebergs, penguins porpoising all around us, even smelling the breath of whales as they fed in a sea burnished by the setting Antarctic sun, and then to board our beautiful ship, SEABOURN QUEST upon which we were Expedition staff.”