The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography

Young Emperor penguins


Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V, 1917


Hurley took numerous photographs of Emperor penguins. The ice floes teemed with wildlife, including seals and birds, providing welcome fresh meat for the cooking pot as well as subjects for Hurley’s camera. Fresh meat was a valuable source of Vitamin C which prevented scurvy. Hudson the navigator was deemed the best penguin catcher.

Silver bromide print

15.4 x 20.5 cm

RCIN 2580062