On 15 October, 1885, Frank Hurley was born in Sydney. His photographs of Shackleton’s Endurance expedition have shaped how we visually think of the men, the landscape and the hardships, as well as the amusements, of that expedition. Frank had a poetic streak as well as having a character edging on fearless. He liked to see himself as close to the centre of the decisions of the expedition and emphasised his relationship with the Boss. He gave out about the men who had not been pulling their weight, as he saw it. His skills were many and he loved a bit of competition and a challenge, particularly with the dogs.
Here are links to sites that you can feed an obsession or just whimsically flick and click on. Enjoy!
The Endurance Obituaries bio of Hurley:
Hurley, J. F. Argonauts of the South. London, 1925. Internet Archive:
Royal Geographical Society Hurley photographs:
THE HERITAGE OF THE GREAT WAR, Frank Hurley, ‘the mad photographer’, bio and links:
Australia’s War 1939-1945, Frank Hurley:
National Library of Australia, Hurley negative collection [picture]:
National Library of Australia, Frank Hurley Antarctic Photographs:
National Library of Australia, Frank Hurley collection:
Frank Hurley’s Antarctica by Helen Ennis:
Royal Geographical Society print store, Hurley photographs: