Snow Petrel on the nest, Cape Denison
No Place No Publisher. 1911-1914.
Gelatin silver print, mounted on board, Fine Art Society label on verso with title and reference number 85 in manuscript; 330 x 450mm. A striking image, taken by Hurley during Douglas Mawson's Australasian Antarctic Expedition 1911-1914. Hurley commented on trying to photograph snow petrels, "These beautiful birds allowed me to approach within a few yards... and secure a photograph. [But] my camera is a bugbear and using it is a nightmare. Every time I have to set the shutter, I have to take a number of tiny screws from the front and bend the mechanism into shape - and with frostbitten fingers!" A fine copy, lower right corner neatly repaired, not apparent from the front.