Endurance: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley

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Sep 30 2017 - May 27 2018

Endurance presents Frank Hurley’s photographs of the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914-1917) undertaken by renowned explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew. 100 years after the epic expedition, Hurley’s photographs remain one of the greatest ever photographic records of human survival. Scanned at the highest resolution from the Royal Geographical Society’s incomparable collection of the original glass plate and celluloid negatives, Hurley’s intrepid documentation of the expedition can be seen in stunning detail through a presentation of large format images in various mediums. Accompanied by select artifacts from the expedition and a narrative comprised of the logs and diaries of Shackleton and his crew, Endurance brings the incredible story of human survival and the drive to explore unreached territories to life.

Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.        

Whether or not you go, South with Endurance: Shackleton's Antarctic Expedition 1914-1917 provides a spellbinding record of Shackleton's trans-Antarctic expedition of 1914-1917, vividly captured in the powerful and dramatic pictures taken by Frank Hurley, the expedition's official photographer. These images, appearing together here for the first time in print, constitute an amazing body of photojournalism created under the most adverse circumstances imaginable.  As this book reveals, however, they are far more than visual reportage; they also are images of great artistry that capture the life-and-death drama that was played out against an arctic landscape of magnificent and terrible beauty. The photographs are complemented by excerpts from Hurley's diary, a chapter about the expedition itself, a biographical essay, and other commentary. 

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  • Photography
  • British
  • 20th Century
  • Maritime
  • Frank Hurley

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