April 1912: Frank Hurley, photographer for Mawson’s Adelie Land expedition

–from Douglas Mawson’s account, “The Home of the Blizzard”–

“Hurley obtained some excellent photographs of the seals and penguins , as of all other subjects.  So good were they that most of us withdrew from competition.  His enthusiasm and resourcefulness knew no bounds.  It was soon recognized as futile to await calm days, and ways were found to secure records even in the face of freezing gales.  Occasional days, during which the cameras that had been maltreated by the wind were patched up, were looked at as inevitable.

“But the taking of still-pictures in the wind was as nothing compared with the difficulties and painful frost-bites associated with cinematography in the same conditions.  However, our photographer was determined not to be beaten, and eventually succeeded in filming wonderful illustrations of the blizzard itself.”

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