Frozen In Time

A new collection of World War I-era photos brings an ill-fated Antarctic voyage back to life

Frank Hurley's pictures would be remarkable--absolutely first-rate photo-journalism--if they had been made last week. In fact, they were shot from 1914 through 1916, most of them after a disastrous shipwreck, by a cameraman who had no reasonable expectation of survival. Many of the images, made on glass plates, then spent several months sealed in lead boxes, stored in an ice chest, under freezing water, in the crushed wooden hull of a slowly sinking ship.

The ship was the Endurance, a small, tight, Norwegian-built three-master that was intended to take Sir Ernest Shackleton and a small crew of seamen and scientist, 27...

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