Navy artist Arthur Beaumont completed the first watercolour paintings of the South Pole station in the summer of 1960 – 61. Beaumont mixed antifreeze with his paint and positioned himself at various viewing points outside the station in the sub-zero conditions. More recently, a series of art projects by Xavier Cortada focused on historic events at the South Pole. His work included a portrait of Sir Ernest Shackleton, and colored flags marking the position of the South Pole from 1956 to 2006. The artist’s work was exhibited as part of the 2009 South Pole - Art in the Antarctic exhibition in the Museum of Technology, Mexico City. Another recent project, by artist Michael Bartalos, used recyclable materials from the South Pole station to create a sculptural book highlighting resource conservation practices in Antarctica.
Historic photographic images of the South Pole were assembled as part of the Freeze Frame project at the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. The collection includes images from the British Antarctic ‘Terra Nova’ Expedition of 1910 to 1913, taken by Herbert Ponting, through to more modern exploration such as the Transglobe Expedition of 1979 to 1982, involving Charlie Burton and Sir Ranulph Fiennes. A wide range of images taken of South Pole activities are available at the United States Antarctic Program Photo Library. Historic photos of Amundsen's expedition are available at the Norwegian Polar Institute Photo Library and the Norwegian National Library.