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March 15, 2009|By Chicago Tribune

The Antarctic: From the Circle to the Pole Chronicle Books, $40

Visual artists account for only a small number of the 2,500 Americans who work in the Antarctic during the short summer months, according to Guy Guthridge, who wrote the introduction to this impressive book.

Photographer Stuart Klipper, then, is one of the lucky few able to practice his art in this barren land. Shot using a panoramic format, Klipper's exquisite photographs capture a frozen terrain of light and dark, sea and clouds, the blue of the ice and the hues of the rocks. He shoots the physical landscape (icebergs, glaciers), various life forms (seals, penguins) and the presence of humans (bases, stations).

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