James Francis Hurley (Frank Hurley) 1885 - 1962
The story of Frank Hurley’s early professional life as a photographer, previous to his departure with Douglas Mawson for the Antarctic, has been very much overshadowed by the well documented and much published stories about his later life and adventures.
As with most creative people, Frank Hurley's early years were crucial to setting work practices which were to underpin his more famous achievements later in his long career.
The early period of his life in Sydney is intertwined with the world of photography at end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th Centuries.
Frank Hurley was not a revolutionary in his work, but there is little doubt that he was quick to pick up on available techniques and develop them into a distinctive style.