Shackleton and the 'Endurance' Expedition 1914-16


Hurley salvaged 120 plates, but most of his equipment was lost with the wreck, except for a small pocket camera and three rolls of film, which he used to take photographs on Elephant Island. These images are consequently different from those taken on board Endurance, lacking definition, and evoke the harsh physical conditions the men endured while stranded on the island waiting for rescue. From Elephant Island, Shackleton and five of his crew set off in a desperate voyage in an open boat to South Georgia to get help. Hurley’s photographs record their departure and the rescue of the 22 marooned men nearly five months later. Hurley printed his work in a large exhibition format, but he created a number of special albums of smaller prints, one of which was presented to King George V by Shackleton.

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