gacougnol:Frank HurleyFlashlight taken during the Polar Night,…

Thursday, February 25th, 2021


Frank Hurley
Flashlight taken during the Polar Night,
“The Spectre Ship”

c. 1911

c. 1911 only in the sense that the southern winter of 1915, which is when Hurley took this photo of Endurance trapped in the Antarctic ice, is sort of adjacent to the year 1911.

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mastersofphotography: LETHAL & BEAUTIFUL – ANATARCTIC…

Thursday, May 14th, 2015



Frank Hurley (Australian,1885-1962)


Australian photographer, Frank Hurley embarked on a dangerous and obscure adventure on Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition from 1914 to 1916. This journey is one of the most remarkble stories of survival in history. On an open boat, navigating over 800 miles in mountainous seas by Shackleston and his crew, Hurley had the honor of documenting this beautiful but lethal experience. Surprisingly, no lives were lost. Only 120 of the 520 negatives from the expedition survived. The remaining 400 negatives were smashed so Hurley would no attempt to reboard Endurance, the sinking ship. 

[images via Royal Collection Trust]

Hurley’s iconic photographs are wonderful, but the caption has some errors. Hurley wasn’t on the open-boat journey; he stayed behind with the rest of the crew on Elephant Island. See Voyage of the James Caird for details.

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