Portraits of Place: Arctic and Antarctica

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum & Arctic Studies Center

Exhibition: Portraits of Place: Arctic and Antarctica



Hubbard Hall foyer
Photographer Shaun O’Boyle has traveled to both polar regions to capture the stark beauty of remote and beautiful Arctic and Antarctic landscapes.

With a background in architecture and engineering, his images often focus on the built environment, where Western exploration and industrial activities intersect and engage with the unique landscapes of polar lands. From sophisticated telescopes imaging the cosmic microwave background at South Pole Station to the long-abandoned remains of exploration and mining camps, O’Boyle’s photographs explore the complex interplay of human endeavor, environmental extremes, and the passage of time.

Shaun O’Boyle traveled three times to Antarctica as a grantee of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artist and Writers Program. He is the recipient of a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship in Photography and traveled to Svalbard and Iceland as part of the fellowship. In 2021 he was awarded funds by the Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation for a climate-related photography project in Iceland and the Canadian Arctic. That work continues into 2022 with a climate crisis photography exhibition scheduled at the New York Hall of Science in April 2023.

His polar work can be seen at shaunoboylephoto.com, and other work at oboylephoto.com.

Multi Media

Please enjoy this webinar with photographer Shaun O'Boyle recorded on March 9, 2022.