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Frank Hurley: photographer, filmmaker

Paul Byrnes profiles Frank Hurley: photographer, adventurer, filmmaker.

'In a sense, [Hurley’s] commercial instincts were the source of his success. They drove him harder and further in the pursuit of the perfect picture. His shipmates on Mawson’s ship Aurora, and later on the Endurance, would marvel at the lengths he was prepared to go to in pursuit of good images.

'At the same time, those instincts have undermined the reputation of some of his work, because he was prepared to be economical with the truth if it made for a better picture.’

January 16 marks the anniversary of Hurley’s death at the age of 76.

Read the Frank Hurley portrait.

The portrait includes a screenography which shows the breadth and sheer number of productions Hurley was involved in. There is also a stills gallery with a sample of his stunning Antarctic, Australiana and war photography.

Fire Guardians documentary – 1932

Endurance documentary – 1933

Treasures of Katoomba sponsored film – 1936

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Beth Taylor

Beth is an artist who works across a broad range of mediums including photography, writing, documentary filmmaking, sculpture and painting. Her work has a common theme of finding beauty in the everyday. She has worked for the NFSA since 2008.