FRANK HURLEY (1885-1962)
Eleven original display boards for Kodak's The Memorial Exhibition of the late Frank Hurley O.B.E., , each board (500 x 405mm.) with mounted gelatin silver print (various sizes), each with pasted-on label with explanatory text beneath; two-colour exhibition logo at foot 'With Shackleton to the Antarctic Photography by Captain Frank Hurley O.B.E.' A Kodak Presentation.' and pasted-on numbers.
AN IMPORTANT SERIES BY PERHAPS THE GREATEST OF ALL ANTARCTIC PHOTOGRAPHERS, SIGNIFICANTLY DIFFERENT TO EARLIER IMAGES AND THUS REPRESENTING HURLEY'S FINAL PERSONAL VIEW OF SHACKLETON'S EPIC EXPEDITION. Kodak, realising the publicity value of Hurley's photographs (particularly those taken after the loss of the Endurance with a vest pocket Kodak), sponsored this exhibition in Sydney in 1962. Hurley had printed the photographs from his original negatives, the captions had been printed, a number of exhibition cards were ready and other preparations for the exhibition had reached an advanced stage when he died. It was decided that the exhibition should go ahead in Kodak House, Sydney, but under the more appropriate title of The Memorial Exhibition of the late Frank Hurley O.B.E..
As an early text card (not present in this selection) explains: The negatives of the pictures displayed here were made by... Hurley... 47 years ago. The prints were made recently by him for this exhibition. After the crushing of the "Endurance" the whole plate... glass negatives and cine film, hermetically sealed in containers, became submerged beneath ten feet of mushy ice for a week in the hold of the wreck. At great hazard, Hurley rescued the containers by diving beneath the ice... after the wreck, the story was continued with a Vest Pocket Kodak. A number of the present display boards are illustrated in the recent South - The Story of Shackleton's Last Expedition (ed. King, London, 1991).
[This selection comprises:]
1. The Allardyce range with broken pack ice in the foreground (image: 25.5 x 33.5cm.)
2. "Endurance" held fast in the ice (image: 25.3 x 33.2cm.)
3. "Endurance" held fast, with dogs on the ice outside their kennels ("Dogloos"), in the foreground (image: 25.3 x 33.2cm.)
4. Tom Crean with armsfull of Husky puppies (image: 33.3 x 25.4cm.)
5. The expedition in the three small boats set sail for Elephant Island (photograph of a photo-montage of George Marston watercolour and Hurley's sky, image: 25.3 x 33.2cm.) South p.97 (illus.)
6. The expedition on an ice-floe, 'beaching' the boats and making camp (photograph of a photo-montage of a George Marston watercolour and Hurley's sky, image: 25.5 x 33.1cm.) South p.98 (illus.)
7. Beaching the boats on Elephant Island (image: 25.3 x 33.3mm.) South p.133 (illus.)
8. The James Caird setting out for South Georgia (photograph of a photo-montage made up from two separate negatives, image: 25.2 x 33.2cm.)
9. Sleeping arrangements for the Elephant Island party (photograph of a photo-montage of a watercolour of the interior of a boat, superimposed on a view of the boat on the foreshore, image: 22.7 x 33.4cm.) South p.159 (illus.)
10.(67) The James Caird in sight of South Georgia (photograph of a photo-montage of a George Marston watercolour and Hurley's sky, image: 25.4 x 33.2cm.)
11.(69) A boat from the Yelcho, Shackleton aboard, approaches the beach at Elephant Island, the men wave and cheer (image: 25.3 x 33.1cm.) (11)