Frank Hurley: A Photographer's Life

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Penguin Books Australia, 2009 - 468 pages
'McGregor brings a refined and educated sensibility to his examination of an important Australian life: he does his work with respect and admiration, but never with the gush of hero-worship.'
John Thompson, Australian Book Review
Frank Hurley was once a household name in Australia. Now most famous for his photographs of the Shackleton Endurance and Mawson Antarctic expeditions, he was also a visual chronicler of many of the major events of the twentieth century and of a rapidly disappearing non-Western world. He was an official photographer in two world wars, a pioneering documentary-maker, participant in early feats of aviation, and cinematographer on major Australian feature films of the 1930s. At the height of his fame he even knocked on Hollywood's doors. In his later years, he travelled the length and breadth of his country to produce illustrated books eulogising Australia and its people.
Hurley was a man of ceaseless energy and unbounded enthusiasm for his craft who scorned authority and would stop at nothing to obtain what he deemed to be a 'perfect' result. He was an enigmatic and sometimes contradictory character - a loner who courted publicity, a curmudgeonly perfectionist, a pragmatic sentimentalist. He craved adventure, excitement and accolades, often forsaking his family and business commitments to travel and work all over the globe.
In this definitive, superbly illustrated biography, Alasdair McGregor vividly describes the character, achievements and disappointments of a driven and remarkable Australian.
' . . . Dad would be very pleased as you didn't pull any punches.'
Adelie Hurley

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Alasdair McGregor is a painter, photographer, and one-time architect, and is the author of Australia's Wild Islands, Grand Obsessions: The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin, The Kimberley: Horizons of Stone, and Mawson's Huts: An Antarctic Expedition Journal. He was artist and photographer for three AAP Mawson's Huts Foundation expeditions to Antarctica, and in 2000 was curator (for the Australian High Commission to Canada) of ' . . . that sweep of splendour': A Century of Australians in Antactica, a traveling exhibition featuring the photography of Frank Hurley.

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