Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Frank Hurley

Frank Hurley was the photographer who documented Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition that set out in 1914.

To say I admire his work is an understatement. Other greats of this era were noted sometimes just for the fact that they had a good or great eye and were prolific, but Frank Hurley simply made magic happen in every photograph. To pigeon-hole him as a war photographer (which he was), as a reportage photographer (which he was), as a Master of the medium (which he was), as an expert in capturing the beauty and the drama of Antarctica (which he most certainly was given six trips between 1911 and 1932) is to not define him well enough.

By the way, his first camera was a Kodak Brownie.
The Endurance
Roald Amundsen aboard the Endurance (with crew mates)
Lupoid, one of Shackleton's sled dogs (above)
Dr. Leonard Hussey holding Samson (below)

Aboard the Endurance

Antarctica Adelie Penguins
Australian Camel Corps

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