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About George Rodger

George Rodger was a pioneering photographer who garnered world-wide recognition for his work and co-founded the Magnum agency with his friends Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

He had taught himself photography and after working for The Listener magazine, his photographs of the Blitz during World War Two brought him to the attention of Life magazine, where he was given a job as a war correspondent. He covered the war in West Africa, travelled to Iran, Burma, Sicily, Salerno and covered the Allies’ liberation of France, Belgium and Holland.

After being traumatized by what he witnessed during the liberation of the death camps, he vowed never again to cover war and instead focused on travelling the world with his camera, specifically Africa, the Middle East and the Far East.

His world-famous images of the tribes in Saharan and equatorial Africa were published in National Geographic as well as in other major magazines and newspapers across the globe.

His work hangs in major collections both private and national. He was made a Honorary Fellow of Royal Photographic Society in 1993 and passed away in 1995. Since his passing, his work has been the subjects of retrospectives in Tokyo, Paris and London, including a retrospective at the Imperial War Museum North in 2008. His work has been included in photography exhibitions world-wide.

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