Bowers Museum previews photographic record of legendary explorer’s survival in Antarctica – Orange County Register

A photo does more than capture moments.

It tells a story.

In the case of Sir Ernest Shackleton, a collection of photos tell the story of an explorer who set sail from London with the intent of crossing Antarctica more than a century ago, a tale most describe as one of leadership and resilience.

In “Endurance: The Antarctic Legacy of Sir Ernest Shackleton and Frank Hurley,” a Bowers Museum exhibition that opens Saturday, Sept. 30, more than 60 digitized photos, maps, artifacts and journal excerpts detail the almost-two-year journey of Shackleton and his 27-man crew on the ship Endurance that became trapped in thick ice and later sank

It’s a photographic history of human survival.

“When you talk about Ernest Shackleton and Endurance, there’s nothing in the history of adventure and exploration and survival quite as compelling as what Shackleton did,” said Peter Keller, Bowers Museum president.

Other items displayed are Shackleton’s Burberry helmet, a Bible presented to him by Queen Alexandra, a sextant and an expedition proposal.

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