THE HUT ON ELEPHANT ISLAND, 1916

About Frank Hurley

Photojournalist and documentary film producer Frank Hurley is best known for serving as the official photographer of the 1914 Australian Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. His photographs capture the drama of the crew’s shipwreck and the cold, alien landscape of Antarctica. Hurley first began taking pictures for postcards in 1905, and soon made a name for himself as an adventure photographer. Hired as the first official Australian Imperial Forces photographer, Hurley captured images of soldiers during both World War I and World War II. A self-confessed showman, he went to great lengths to capture dramatic shots. Hurley often created composite photographs from several different negatives to maximize the theatrical and visual effects of a scene. A defender of pictorialism—a photographic style and movement—Hurley believed that his modified war photographs best captured the realities of war.

Australian, 1885-1962, Sydney, Australia