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

The Endurance in the garb of winter

January 1915

Frank Hurley

Album given to King George V


This is probably Hurley’s best-known photograph, which he took with flashlights at -38 °F/-39 °C. It was later used on the front cover of Shackleton’s account of the expedition, South. Hurley described the scene in his autobiography:

Never did the ship look quite so beautiful as when the bright moonlight etched her in inky silhouette, or transformed her into a vessel from fairy-land.

Silver bromide print

20.2 x 15.2 cm

RCIN 2590087