Author(s): Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton
Experience the epic survival adventure of Ernest Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, brought to life with photos from the journey as well as modern color photography of the fauna, seascapes, and landscapes! In 1914, the polar explorer Ernest Shackleton announced an ambitious plan to lead the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition - the first trek across Antarctica from the Atlantic to the Pacific via the South Pole. Shackleton's third expedition would prove frought with adventure - and peril. South is the remarkable tale of that ill-fated expedition as told in Shackleton's own words, and illustrated here with the photography of expedition photographer Frank Hurley, as well as modern color imagery of the fauna and stunning vistas the men encountered. Their story begins on the eve of World War I, when the ship Endurance departed from England with Shackleton and his team of six men. The plan was to travel 1,800 miles across the icy continent from the Atlantic side, while a second team aboard the ship Aurora, would reach the Pacific side from Tasmania and lay out supply depots for the advancing team. As the Endurance approached the continent, however, it faced early ice, and the vessel became hopelessly locked in an ice floe, beginning a series of travails for the men of the Endurance, including ice-covered mountainous islands, harrowing days in a life raft surrounded by hurricane-force winds, braving untested overland routes into the vast unknown, and much more. Today considered an adventure survival classic, South is the true story of a thrilling polar expedition. Never before has Shackleton's lively prose been so extensively illustrated with such stunning images.
Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton was born in Ireland in 1874 and raised mostly in London. Heled three expeditions to the Antarctic. He died of a heart attack in 1922 while setting out on his fourth expedition. Frank Hurley (1885-1962) was a native Australian who served as a photographer on several Antarctic expeditions with Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. He also worked as a war photographer with the Australian military forces during both World Wars. He was the official photographer on Shackleton's Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition and was known for his pioneering use of the early Paget color photography process.