Frank Hurley was a famous war photographer - spanning two war zones
). He became the official Australian photographer on the Western Front and in Palestine in 1917-1918.
This is one sample of his early colour photographs:
He used the new Paget process of colour technology to great effect - showing the carpet of anenomes (poppies) to suggest the bloodshed of war. During this time it was also traditional to pick the battlefield flowers in memory of those killed - a symbol of commemoration and remembrance.
Prior to this, he made two famous expeditions to record Mawson's and Shackleton Antarctic expeditions (1911-1916). He had to discard many valuable glass negatives in order to trek to safety after Shackleton's ship ENDURANCE was destroyed http://image.sl.nsw.gov.au/cgi-bin/e...a090;thumbs=1)
Hurley’s magnesium flare-lit photograph of the ghostly Endurance, ‘ a spectre ship set in a world of rime crystals,’ remains one of the most dramatic photographic images of all time.
Hurley also covered World War II (1939-1945).
He later photographed Tasmania's Frenchmans Cap forest, mountain and lake scenery, in startling 10" x 8" photographs, the equal to Ansel Adams' images.
He died in the early '60s - but Frank Hurley was remembered briefly (1995-2000) with the annual photographic Hurley Awards, given out to regional newspaper photographers by Queensland's Griffith University Photography Department. His twin daughters presented the awards - in the shape of an iceberg. However lack of funding prevented continuation of the Awards.