George Rodger, ‘G.B. ENGLAND. Liverpool. Shoe bargains. ’, 1964, Magnum Photos

About George Rodger

A pioneering photojournalist and one of the founders of Magnum Photos, George Rodger spent his life traveling the world, exhaustively documenting WWII as a correspondent for LIFE Magazine, then turning his focus to village life across Africa and the Middle East. People were central to his work. “You must feel an affinity for what you are photographing,” he once said. “You must be part of it, and yet remain sufficiently detached to see it objectively. Like watching from the audience a play you already know by heart.” Among his best-known photographs are those he took of the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, as well as his images of the Nuba tribe in southern Sudan. It was while photographing the ravaged prisoners of Bergen-Belsen that Rodger felt the full trauma of war. He spent the rest of his career immersed in African tribal life.

British, 1908-1995

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