Robertson, Grace. (19 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 19. Grace Robertson [GR] mentions similarities of work for Channel 4 with photojournalism. Describes working portrait style photography; Nineties project for BBC; taking portraits for picture post; lenses used for portrait work; difference with portrait work from her previous work. Comments on photography today; photojournalism is now single image based; competing with advertising images; loss of mood with all-colour magazines. Remarks on how world of photography has changed; photographic course have become more academic; too much interpretation; computerisation of images; photography no longer a relationship between two people; contending with the present. Comments on working in photography today; lots of photographers; difficult to shine through; GR’s daughter a photographer; tough for the young today; cost of photography equipment; remembers when Bert Hardy would sneak her film.

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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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