Review: The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition

Caroline Alexander (1999)

This more recent publication about the Shackleton expedition is the companion book to the 1999 exhibition at the American Museum of Natural History.  It was particularly interesting for me to pick this book up after having read an account written by someone who was actually there. This book has the amazing black and white photographs that were taken by Frank Hurley, the expedition’s photographer. These stunning 90-year-old photos are reason enough to check out this book, especially when you consider the lengths that it took to preserve the cumbersome and delicate negative plates under such harsh conditions. The resulting pristine prints are breathtaking. Hurley also took 35mm silent films, which were later used in his documentary South.

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