Good Reading : August 2010
Today, if you were to Google images of Antarctica, you would be overwhelmed with choice. But at the turn of the 20th century, photographs of the icy continent were mostly produced by scientists and explorers who had little artistic flair. Originally a photographer for the postcard industry, Frank Hurley became the first professional photographer to bring Antarctica to life -- his passion for photography and love of adventure luring him to the continent a total of five times over 20 years. Frank Hurley's Antarctica chronicles Hurley's most famous work, giving insight into his inspiration and experience, and telling the story behind each photograph. Diary excerpts show the harsh environment Hurley endured, like the har rowing experience when the expedition's ship, the Endurance was crushed by ice in 1915: 'Shortly after 5pm, we began to rise from the ice, much after the manner of a gigantic pip squeezed between the fingers.' Part- biography and part-montage, this book takes a deeper look at the pioneer of polar photography. Frank Hurley’s Antarctica explores the perils of photography in the land of the blizzard. coffee table Frank Hurley with camera on ice in front of the bow of the trapped Endurance in the Weddell Sea, 1915. Photography in the land of the blizzard was fraught with many problems, c.1913. A winter evening at the hut, c.1912.