A limited edition of 42 images taken by the ‘Endurance’ expedition’s official photographer Frank Hurley.
To celebrate Shackleton’s ‘Imperial Transantarctic Expedition (1914-17)’, better known today as the ‘Endurance’ expedition, the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) has created the first ever platinum prints of images by the expedition’s official photographer Frank Hurley, using the original glass plate negatives owned by the Society and housed at its headquarters in London’s South Kensington.
Hurley’s images are at the heart of the ‘Endurance’ story, providing us with a unique and compelling record of Shackleton’s expedition, the ship, his men and their challenge.
Frank Hurley, 4 September 1916, Punta Arenas, Chile
Endurance in full sail (side view), S0000141
Ice mounds and rope serve as guidance to crew in darkness and blizzards, S0000144
The Long, Long Night, S0000143
The Obelisk, S0011343
Each of the chosen 42 images is available in a strict limited edition, with three size options and made from the first digital scans ever to be made directly from Hurley’s exquisitely processed negatives. Prints are also accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
Using the platinum technique, these museum-grade prints are hand-made to order by the master printmaker Georges Charlier and his team at Salto-Ulbeek in Belgium: today’s leading experts in this delicate technique. This handcrafted printing process is far removed from the world of mass produced silver-based papers. In platinum printing each print from an edition is created individually as though it were the only example of that image, an unrepeatable dialogue between the image, the chemistry and the printer's skill.
The Society’s Hurley platinum prints have created a new chapter in the history of Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’ expedition.
Frank Hurley’s diary, 2 November 1915
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