Hurley's work documenting the ice provides us with an accurate picture of the often confronting conditions in which the men of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition lived and worked.
Drawing on his experience as a landscape photographer Hurley had an eye for the dramatic and evocative landscape. His desire for artistic representations and for a precise artistic outcome meant that many of his shots were well composed and rich in feature and form.
Hurley’s images of Antarctica are hauntingly beautiful. They are evocative reminders of the strangeness and magnitude of the ice so far to the south of the Australian continent.