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Australis presents / Views from the Ends of the Earth: A Photographic Journey Into Unknown Patagonia

The wilds of the southernmost tip of South America are explored in a new exhibition from seven international professional travel and nature photographers while on trips with Australis, the expedition cruise ship company. Comprising 16 photographs in large format, the exhibition will be held at the Coningsby Gallery, 30 Tottenham Street, London, W1T 4RJ between Monday 23 and Friday 27 April 2018.

Images from the trips with Australis, which specialises in navigating a unique passage through the fjords and channels of Patagonia, Tierra del Fuego, around Cape Horn and through the Strait of Magellan and Beagle Channel, include photography from award-winning British photographer Nori Jemil, who has been recognised by the likes of The British Guild of Travel Writers, National Geographic and Wanderlust magazines.

Other contributors include Spanish photographers Andrés Magai, and Saúl Santos, who have shot for publications such as El País, La Vanguardia and Conde Nast; Chilean photographer Cristóbal Prado who contributes to high-end lifestyle magazines including Vogue and GQ; Jessica Backhaus from Germany - an artistic photographer who has exhibited in major galleries in cities such as Berlin, Salzburg, New York and Miami; Italian photographer Paolo Petrignani who has collaborated on titles such as Corriere della Sera while Stanislas Fautré from France has worked extensively for Le Figaro.

Bárbara Mur, curator of the exhibition said: “The exhibition is a visual feast for the eyes that allows you to go on a trip and feel nature in its purest state. You will feel the impact of the colours, forests, light and glaciers.”

Australis Europe Manager, Frederic Guillemard said: “The peculiarity of this exhibition is to show a route that can only be reached through our boats. The photographers have all been stunned by the all-encompassing beauty and the nature which continues to be, at this time, as Magellan saw it in the 16th century and as Darwin experienced it in the 19th.”

On 2 January 2018, Australis launched its second ship Ventus. In keeping with its sister ship Stella, the luxury, state-of-the-art ship has 100 spacious cabins for 210 passengers, Nobel beds and floor to ceiling windows that capture the stunning scenery. Ventus Australis offers two intimate four-night itineraries. The ‘Fjords of Tierra del Fuego’ departs from Punta Arenas in Chile and navigates south to Cape Horn before returning northwards to disembark in Ushuaia, Argentina. The new ‘Patagonian Explorer’ itinerary departs from Ushuaia heading to Cape Horn, returning north to disembark in Punta Arenas. Both itineraries enable Australis passengers to experience the remoteness of Patagonia through a programme of included excursions such as stepping ashore at the fabled Cape Horn. See full details at:

Detail of the photographers are here:

Nori Jemil is a photographer and travel writer who lives between London and Perth (Australia). She lived for six years in Santiago de Chile where she learned Spanish and from where she travelled throughout South America. Her specialty is the photography of extreme landscapes, flora and fauna and aerial photography and Patagonia has been her most photographed. Patagonia and the polar regions are the sites that she has photographed the most. She is a member of British Guild of Travel Writers. She has published in various media such as National Geographic Traveller United Kingdom, Count Nast Traveller, Wanderlust Magazine , Rough Guides and Love Exploring. and has been awarded different international photography including awards.

Andrés Magai Seibt is a photographer, journalist and co-author of the book Cuaderno de África. This is the first Spanish publication about the world of safaris and photography.

His works have been published in a large number of journals of nature and travel. He is currently a collaborator on different magazines such as Paraísos, Rutas del Mundo, Clio, Ronda Iberia, Super Photo, Traveling Spirit, as well as radio programs.

Cristóbal Prado studied photography in Chile (his country of origin) and worked several years for different national media such as Paula magazine, El Mercurio, La Tercera, Cosas magazine, among others. In 2010, he went to Spain to take a master’s degree at Efti School. Shortly after arriving, he entered as a contributor to Condé Nast Traveler magazine with which he continues to collaborate until today. He has published in Vogue, GQ, AD, Man magazine.

Saúl Santos is a nature photographer specializing in travel. His images have been the cover of more than 30 magazines and books, and his graphic reports have appeared in more than 60 different media. Some of these covers have been published in Spanish media and international publications such as: El País, El Mundo, ABC and La Vanguardia, Viajes de National Geographic, Hello Travel, Wild Vision, Lonely Planet, GEO, Travelers, In addition, his photographs have been exhibited in different galleries of Europe and Latin America and his work has been recognised and awarded by different events both nationally and internationally.

Jessica Backhaus (Germany) comes from a family of creators. At age 16 she moved to Paris where she studied photography and visual communication. From 1995 to 2009 she lived in New York where she developed a good part of her professional career as an artistic photographer. She has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions in different venues around the world such as National Portrait Gallery (London), Martin- Gropius - Bau (Berlin). She has published seven books : Jesus and the Cherries (2005),What Still Remains (2008), One Day in November (2008), I Wanted to See the World (2010), ONE DAY- 10 photographers (2010), Once, still and forever ( 2012) Six degrees of freedom, (2015).

Paolo Petrignani (Italy) documentary photographer whose areas of specialisation are: nature, science, technology, environment and society.

He has collaborated with Geo Magazine Italia, Vanity Fair Italy, National Geographic Italy, EV magazine, Oasis, Traveling . He has exhibited in personal and collective exhibitions in Italy and abroad. He has also published in media such as Mexico Descocido (Mexico), No Limits , Terre Sauvage (France), Seven Corriere della Sera, National GeographicMagazine (Italian and Latin American edition), Geo Germany, Geo Spain, D The Female Republic, Nikon PRO, Extreme Magazine, Meridiani (Special Mexico, Special Patagonia), Oasis, Travel, National Geographic Adventure, Science, Vanity Fair. Among his books are: Rio LaVenta Tesoro del Chiapas, Sotto il deserto il mistero dell’acqua diCuatrocienegas, Ambar de Chiapas history science and aesthetics (with Thomas Lee) Grotte di Cielo, viaggio nel cuore dei ghiacciai, LaVenta
Terre Pontine The Creazione di un Paesaggio (with Giuseppe Soldano) Parco Nazionale del Circeo immagini di storia natura e myth.

Stanislas Fautré a photographer since 1989, his work is centred between the interaction between nature and man. He has published in French and foreign journals. He is the author of the travel books: Australie, le cinquième continent, La France des légendes, convicts, the Grandeur France nature, Corse between mer et montagnes , Les etpresqu’îles de France. He initially worked with the Sipa Presse Agency and currently with Le Figaro.

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