Haunting photographs of Sir Ernest Shackleton and crew's struggle to survive in big freeze of Antarctic ready to go on display

Haunting photographs of Sir Ernest Shackleton and crew's struggle to survive in big freeze of Antarctic ready to go on display

Stunning images of Sir Ernest Shackleton and his crew's survival struggle against the odds in the Antarctic are ready to go on display. The haunting photographs are going to be a part of an exhibition at London's Royal Geographical Society to open on Sunday.

Sunday will mark 100 years to the day since crew's ship endurance got crushed prior to sinking under the ice. Shackleton and his 28-man crew got stuck on the thick ice, battered by severe weather conditions. They didn’t have any of today's technologies to stay protected.

The photographs showcase what life must have been like for the crew when they fought for survival in the punishing environment of the 'world's last great wilderness'. The director of the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG), Dr Rita Gardner, said that it is very important to connect people with the great Antarctic heritage of UK.

Antarctica is the last great wilderness of the world and is really very significant to understand climate change today.

Dr Rita added, “Shackleton's amazing story of leadership, determination and survival is a key part of our history of scientific exploration and fascination with this continent”.

For the first time, more than 90 photographs, captured by official expedition photographer of Shackleton Frank Hurley, have been digitized from the fragile glass plate and celluloid negatives present at the RGS for over 80 years.

As per RGS, the crew saved the pictures under the most extreme conditions for proving a 'lasting record of the men of the Endurance and their story'.

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