Frank Hurley’s Floating Photography Expedition

The story of Shackleton’s ill-fated Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition exemplifies the strength of human spirit and one man’s determination to succeed against all odds. Under treacherous conditions, Shackleton’s perilous journey and the subsequent rescue of all of his men remains one of the most heroic stories of all time.

However, it is through the photographic skills of Frank Hurley, the only Australian member of the expedition, that much of what the men endured has been visually brought to life.

Polar Pioneer - Host of the floating Photography expeditionAurora Expeditions, in conjunction with the State Library of New South Wales, are proud to be hosting a floating exhibition of Hurley’s iconic photographs aboard their Antarctic voyages over the next two years. The exhibition has been curated by world authority on Frank Hurley and author of Frank Hurley: A Photographers Life, Alasdair McGregor, who will also be guest historian aboard The Shackleton Spirit voyage departing 9 March, 2015.

The floating exhibition is part of a wider program of cenntenary commemorations that will take place across nine special Shackleton Centenary Voyages over the next two years. Click here for more information on the Shackleton Centenary Voyages.

Read the story of Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition here or view the timeline here.

Attempt (which failed) to haul Endurance lifeboats over the ice to Graham Land. From the collections of the State Library of New South WalesEndurance in the ice. From the collections of the State Library of New South Wales

Departure of James Caird (Shackleton) from Elephant Island. From the collections of the State Library of New South Wales

Above images are collections of the State Library of New South Wales