Acting as a photographer and mountaineer for a 1950
scientific expedition to the Canadian Arctic, Montie Ritchie produced a rich
visual document of Baffin Island. From spectacular landscapes to expedition
members at work to the everyday events of camp life, Ritchie’s photographs
include scenes that were familiar only to the island’s native residents. The
Baffin Island photographs form part of the Ritchie papers, donated to the
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum by his daughter, Cornelia Ritchie, in 2019.
A small selection of this unique work is reproduced in this exhibition,
providing a window into the many-faceted life of a man who experienced the
world but called Texas his home.