Pilgrimage: Hurley in the Middle East
Exploring a previously unexamined body of work from lifelong adventurer and documentarian Frank Hurley. As one of the official AIF (Australian Imperial Force) photographers involved in the First World War, he reprised his role with the AIF during the Second World War travelling around the Middle East and North Africa.
His official mission was to document Australian service members during the desert campaign, but he was entranced by the local cultures, architecture and landscape and soon turned his unique lens towards them. The Collections-In-Focus exhibition captures the remarkable landscape and culture of the area and Hurley’s deep passion for that part of the world. Drawing on the Library’s extensive holdings of Frank Hurley material it features photographs, along with his diaries, writings, passport, guidebooks, map and other travel paraphernalia.