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December 23, 2016

20 Early Color Photographs of the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition Taken by Frank Hurley in 1915

Frank Hurley (1885–1962) was an Australian photographer and adventurer. He participated in a number of expeditions to Antarctica and served as an official photographer with Australian forces during both world wars.

His artistic style produced many memorable images. He also used staged scenes, composites and photographic manipulation.

These are Frank Hurley's famous early color photographs of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ill-fated 'Endurance' voyage, as part of the British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, from 1914 to 1917. Hurley was the official photographer on the expedition.

Frank Hurley photographing under the bows of the 'Endurance', 1915

Frank Hurley with cinematograph, 1915

Glacier in New Fortuna Bay, 1915

Glimpse of the ship 'Endurance' through hummocks, 1915

New Fortuna Glacier, 1915

Sir Ernest Shackleton watching a lead forming, 1915

The Bosun ,John Vincent, of the 'Endurance' mending a net, 1915

The chick of the Wanderer Albatross, 1915

The deck of the 'Endurance', 1915

The 'Endurance' frozen in 76-35 South, 1915

The 'Endurance' under full sail, held up in the Weddell Sea, 1915

The impenetrable icefield which prevented them from reaching the land (showing part of the 'Endurance'), 1915

The pink glow of the rising sun shining on a pressure ridge, 1915

The rigging of the 'Endurance' encrusted with rime crystals, 1915

Face of the Neumeyer Glacier, 1915

A mid-summer sunset with the 'Endurance' frozen in, 1915

A mid-winter glow, Weddell Sea showing the 'Endurance', 1915

A Sub-Antarctic sunrise in South Georgia, 1915

Alfred Cheetam signalling the Shackleton expedition, 1915

Dog teams scouting a way to the land, 1915

(Photos by Frank Hurley, via The State Library of New South Wales)



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