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Frank Hurley was once a household name in Australia. Now most famous for his photographs of the Shackleton Endurance and Mawson Antarctic expeditions, he was also a visual chronicler of many of the major events of the twentieth century and of a rapidly disappearing non-Western world. He was an official photographer in two world wars, a pioneering documentary-maker, participant in early feats of aviation, and cinematographer on major Australian feature films of the 1930s. Hurley was an enigmatic and sometimes contradictory character - a loner who courted publicity, a curmudgeonly perfectionist, a pragmatic sentimentalist. He craved adventure, excitement and accolades, often forsaking his family and business commitments to travel and work all over the globe. In this definitive, illustrated biography, Alasdair McGregor vividly describes the character, achievements and disappointments of a driven and remarkable Australian.
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Painter, photographer and one-time architect, Alasdair McGregor is the author of The Kimberley- Horizons of Stone, Australia's Wild Islands (both with Quentin Chester), Mawson's Huts- An Antarctic Expedition Journal, Frank Hurley- A Photographer's Life and Grand Obsessions- The Life and Work of Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. He was artist and photographer for three AAP Mawson's Huts Foundation expeditions to Antarctica, and in 2000 was curator (for the Australian High Commission to Canada) of ' ... that sweep of splendour'- A Century of Australians in Antactica, a travelling exhibition featuring the photography of Frank Hurley. Alasdair McGregor lives in Sydney.

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"McGregor brings a refined and educated sensibility to his examination of an important Australian life: he does his work with respect and admiration, but never with the gush of hero-worship." --Australian Book Review

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