Robertson, Grace. (14 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)

  • Abstract

    Part 14. Grace Robertson [GR] describes relationship with Thurston Hopkins; day they first went back to his digs; age difference; married in December 1955; would have married earlier but GR was sent to France on story in 1954; photographing James Goldsmiths baby. Story about GR feeling ill after shoot; being treated homoeopathically; received letters from Picture Post staff. Describes wedding; married in Fulham registry office; what GR wore; reasons for getting married in registry office; father’s attitude towards marriage. Comments on working for Picture Post; never worked with father; being offered and declining staff job; later offered staff job with Life; reasons for turning down job. Remarks on publishing book; question of GR being a Picture Post photographer; Tom Hopkinson’s approval. Comments on being offered job at Life (1956); Mother’s pub outing story for Post; location of Picture Post as opposed to Life bureau in New Bond Street; meeting Larry Burrows; implications of working for Life; working on Everybody’s magazine in France; making her decision. Describes background to Mother’s pub outing story; GR actively sort out stories to do with women; drinking at the Fleece pub in Bermondsey; singing and drinking on the way to the seaside.

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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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