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Go See: REFUGEES, NEWCOMERS, CITIZENS: MIGRATION STORIES FROM PICTURE POST, 1938-1956

Immigrants arriving at Victoria Station, London. Original Publication: Picture Post – 8405 – Thirty Thousand Colour Problems – pub. 1956 (Photo by Haywood Magee/Getty Images)

This exhibition brings together for the first time, over sixty original prints by renowned émigré photographers Gerti Deutsch and Kurt Hutton, together with Bert Hardy and Haywood Magee, revealing Picture Post magazine’s stories of refugees and immigrants to Britain from the 1930s to the 1950s.  Images focus on the Kindertransport and Windrush-era migrations, as well as on lesser-known histories of wartime African-American women Red Cross volunteers, and post-war child Holocaust survivors who found refuge in the Lake District. 

Exhibition co-curator Amanda Hopkinson, daughter of photographer Gerti Deutsch and Picture Post editor Tom Hopkinson, and Honorary Research Professor, City University, says: 
‘For a dozen years from 1938 onwards, Picture Post was the best-selling weekly magazine of the common people albeit produced by some very individual talents. It brought to the UK a continental tradition of photo-journalism combined with a ‘strongly political and anti-fascist’ editorial position – and an eye for the unexpected and amusing. Its legacy continues to influence photojournalism to this day.’


3 JUNE – 5 JULY 2019 Birkbeck School of Arts Building, Peltz Gallery, 43 Gordon Square WC1H 0PD. Open daily Mon-Fri 10-8, Sat 10-5 www.bbk.ac.uk/research/centres/peltz-gallery/your-visit

Thanks to PAN reader Leon Meyer for spotting this one.

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