Switchback Travel has not yet been to Antarctica, but we have been organizing information, talking with people who have, and keeping an eye out for good leads. With perfect timing, Christopher Michel—a prominent photographer and entrepreneur from San Francisco—visited Antarctica in January of 2013 and recently posted an extensive gallery on flickr documenting the journey.

These photographs from Antarctica offer an exceptional look at the frozen continent. It’s rare that a large group of high quality images like these are made accessible, particularly from such a remote corner of the world. An expensive camera alone does not make fine photographs nor does bringing one to an exceptional place. Great photographers are able to tell a story, precisely what Christopher achieved.

We’ve chosen 36 Antarctica photos from nearly 400. More information on Antarctica is soon to follow.

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