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

The return of the sun after 92 days


Frank Hurley

Album given to King George V, 1917


After the darkness of an Antarctic winter, the return of the sun was a major event, and a huge boost to morale. The finger of light which rose above the horizon in August promised sunlight and warmth in the months ahead. It would have provided encouragement to Shackleton and his men who had been stuck in the ice since February 1915.

Silver bromide print

20.2 x 15.1 cm

RCIN 2580070