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AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC TERRITORY (AAT) • 2016.
This stamp issue features the work of one of Australias most celebrated documentary photographers, James Francis (Frank) Hurley (18851962). A pioneer of polar photography, Hurley was invited to join Ernest Shackletons British Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, which set out to cross Antarctica by foot in 1914, from Vahsel Bay, on the Weddell Sea, to the Ross Sea. This stamp issue tells the tale of that ill-fated journey through the lens of Hurley.Despite having to abandon much of his specialist equipment and many glass-plate negatives when the ship, Endurance, sank in October 1915, Hurley photographed the unfolding calamity. Left with only a pocket camera, a few rolls of film and 120 remaining glass-plate negatives, Hurley visualised a compelling narrative of extreme misfortune, remarkable endurance and survival against all odds • MNH (1).