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

Worsley (1872-1943) standing next to a working pressure ridge showing an immense block of over 100 tons being rafted


Frank Hurley

Presented to King George V


The photograph shows the immense block of ice being pushed up (’rafted’) by two ice floes forced together. The contrast between puny man and all-powerful nature is emphasised in this photograph. Frank Worsley (1872-1943), Captain of the Endurance, looks up at the crest of the ice block that could have toppled and crushed him at any moment.

Silver bromide print

15.5 x 20.5 cm

RCIN 2580084