George Rodger

George Rodger's career as a photographer was one of constant yet often unsung achievement. He began his photographic career with the BBC as a stills photographer. His baptism as a photo reporter came with his appointment as a stringer for Life magazine during the Blitz on London in the most threatening of days of 1940. Many of his images from that time are still in constant use, because his instinct has always been to concentrate on the humanity of his subjects, even in the face of terrible adversity. It was for Life that Rodger embarked on a series of adventures that were to take him to almost every theatre of World War II in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. His urge to record also found expression on paper, and he was later to publish an enthralling account of these years, and to undertake a lecture tour throughout the United States.