George Rodger saw the world as a merchant marine, worked for the BBC and freelanced for the Black Star agency, before joining the staff of @life in 1939.
As a war correspondent for the magazine during World War II, Rodger travelled throughout Europe, India, the Middle East and north Africa. He documented the atrocities of the war for the magazine, most notably following the allies along the D-Day assault, and the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Images that cannot be unseen almost eighty years later, imagine bearing witness to these events.
He considered himself a documentarian and his photographs free of manipulation, an extension of his writing. After the war, George Rodger joined Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa and David Seymour in founding the @magnumphotos . He chose to return to Africa. This photograph is from his inaugural trip to West Africa in 1940, a trip that would launch a lifelong passion for the region and its people.
RODGER, George (British, 1908-1995)
Commercial potential of the French West African territory, Cameroon, 1940
Titled, dated, and stamped on verso
Vintage gelatin silver print
9 3/4 x 7 inches
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