(b Sydney, Oct 15, 1885; d Sydney, Jan 16, 1962).
Australian photographer, film producer, film maker and writer. He was introduced to photography while working at a steel foundry in Lithgow, NSW, when his foreman would take him on photographic excursions into the nearby Blue Mountains. After an apprenticeship with a photographic postcard firm, where he gained a reputation for achieving spectacular effects with the camera, he was appointed official photographer to the Australian geologist and explorer Douglas Mawson’s Antarctic Expedition of 1911–13. The success of his prints and film footage led to his involvement with British explorer Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–16), where he produced another crop of dramatic images, which told the story of the ill-fated attempt to cross Antarctica. On a visit to England, Hurley was appointed Official War Photographer with the Australian troops, first in Flanders and later in Palestine.
In the early 1920s Hurley undertook two assignments in New Guinea, the resulting films leading to a tour of the USA and the publication in New York of his successful book ...