Frank Hurley’s Photographs

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Frank Hurley - Antartic

Frank Hurley worked as the photographer documenting Shackleton’s expeditions to the Antarctic. The picture above shows him working under the bows of the Endurance in 1915. Before abandoning the ship, Shackleton and Hurley chose 120 glass plates to keep, including this rare color one (above). They smashed 400 plates – Shackleton feared Hurley would endanger himself by even thinking of returning for them.

James Francis “Frank” Hurley (15 October 1885 – 16 January 1962) was an Australian photographer and adventurer. He participated in a number of expeditions to Antarctica and served as an official photographer with Australian forces during both world wars. He visited the Antarctic six times between 1911 and 1932 during which time he spent more than four years in the region.

Hurley used staged scenes, composites and photographic manipulation in the creation of his photographs.

Frank Hurley Antarctic Photographer

Frank Hurley’s photogarph of huskies pulling a sled along (c.1912).

Frank Hurley - The Endurance

The Endurance in Antarctica (c.1915)

Frank Hurley - The Endurance

The Endurance going nowhere despite pictured here being under full sail. It was held up in the Weddell Sea (c.1915). It eventually fell apart after being stuck for many months.

Frank Hurley - Blizzard the Dog

“Blizzard” the pup photographed by Frank Hurley in Antarctica during the first Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914.