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JAMES FRANCIS HURLEY, Australian adventurer, photographer and film maker, "one of the great Antarctic photographers of all time" (Michael Rosove). Photographs taken on the Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914, the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition 1929-1931, plus early images of Java, northern Australia and coastal Sydney. All photographs come from the personal collection of Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958) - an unrepeatable opportunity to secure these unique masterworks with unparalleled provenance.


James Francis Hurley - "one of the great Antarctic photographers of all time"


JAMES FRANCIS HURLEY, Australian adventurer, photographer and film maker, earned a reputation for the high technical quality of his work and for the extravagant risks he took to secure sensational images, such as a famous shot taken from the rails in front of an onrushing train. In 1911, [Sir] Douglas Mawson invited him to be official photographer on his Australasian Antarctic Expedition. From December 1911 to March 1913 Hurley worked enthusiastically under arduous conditions, taking both still photographs and movie film. InOctober 1914 he joined Sir Ernest Shackleton in yet another Antarctic expedition, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, 1914-17, and produced his most famous still photographs – a series showing the ship Endurance being gradually destroyed by pack-ice, and the heroic struggle for survival of Shackleton’s men – but that’s another story. The magnificent images stemming from that expedition ‘confirmed Hurley’s status as one of the great Antarctic photographers of all time’ (Michael Rosove).

The photographs were taken on the Mawson’s Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914, the British, Australian and New Zealand Antarctic Research Expedition 1929-1931, plus early images of Java, northern Australia and coastal Sydney. All of the photographs come from the personal collection of Sir Douglas Mawson (1882-1958); none of them have been offered for sale previously. This exhibition presents an unrepeatable opportunity to secure one of these unique masterworks with unparalleled provenance.