Robertson, Grace. (1 of 19). Oral History of British Photography.

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    1993-09-27 and 1993-10-04

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    Interviewee's home.

  • Interviewees

    Robertson, Grace, 1930- (speaker, female)

  • Interviewers

    Dein, Alan (speaker, male)

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    Part 1. Grace Robertson [GR] describes parents; mother’s brothers and sisters; one died in First World War (WWI); grandfather’s trip to America; description of grandmother. Describes family house; memories; smell of house. Describes a family funeral. Remarks on family coming from Lanark, Scotland. Description of mother’s family; describes aunt; emphasis on education; large family so GR’s mother wore cast off clothes; story about grandfather falling out of a train while drunk. Describes father’s family; description of James Robertson (mine manager); taught music; went to Edinburgh University; went to Gorbals in Glasgow; description of grandmother. Comments on GR’s father; had to polish family shoes; uncle a homeopathic doctor; other sisters; describes fathers uncle and book he published; joined Navy in WWI. Mentions fathers school; Glasgow School for Boys; story about letter from headmaster; father’s writing. Description of GR’s aunt; worked as a nurse and lived in Montrose; physical appearance; story of uncle sending her money to buy violin; GR love of her aunts dressing table and boxes; aunt got married and moved to big house; story of the aunts gossip getting

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    Performer notes : Grace Robertson was one of the few women photographers to work for the magazine Picture Post. Career as a photographer began in 1949, with Simon Guttmann and the Report agency. Worked as a freelance for Picture Post from 1950-57 until it closed. Then photographed for other British and American publications until 1960. Retrained as a teacher, and returned to photography in the 1980s. Included in the touring exhibition Women Photographers in Britain, National Museum of Photography, Film and Television, Bradford (1986). Now active as a photographer and lecturer. Retrospective exhibition has toured UK and her book Grace Robertson, Photojournalist of the 50s was published by Virago in 1989. Daughter of journalist Fyfe Robertson and married to photojournalist Godfrey Thurston Hopkins.

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