Enquire Two women chatting on the railings in Blackpool. The picture was taken by Bert Hardy using a single-focus box camera. The women are former Tiller Girls Pat Wilson (right) of Bridgend, mid Glamorgan, and Wendy Clarke of Southall in London. Original Publication: Picture Post - 5358 - Bert Hardy's Box Camera - pub. 1951 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Getty Images)
Picture Post Part I
Getty Images Gallery is delighted to announce the return and introduction of more than sixty works from the Picture Post archive. Published between 1938 and 1957, Picture Post was the premier British news magazine of the day and is widely considered a high-water mark for British photojournalism. Launched under the editorship of Hungarian émigré Stefan Lorant—who left Germany after being imprisoned by Hitler—the magazine was staunchly antifascist and sympathetic to social causes. The staff photographers were a mix of Brits and Europeans schooled in the classic style of 35mm Continental photojournalism. The resulting editorial formula combined politics with popular culture from the halls of power to back alleys. At its peak, the magazine was read by one out of every three island residents.
To kick-start this long-awaited return, we are delighted to bring you a first curation spotlighting the UK; two additional sets will follow in the next coming months!
Picture Post revolutionized British photojournalism with a new and unique approach to storytelling and layout. While it covered a wide variety of topics and locations, the weekly newsmagazine shined brightest when focused on everyday life in the UK. In a first for mass media, the public and private scenes featured were often revelatory and revealing views of the typical Post reader and their fellow citizens.
To accompany this first UK themed set, we are excited to unveil for the first time in 30 years, a set of collectible Picture Post Portfolios, discovered last year in the Getty Images Hulton Archive in London.
The Picture Post archives are a cornerstone of the Getty Images Archive and the source for many Getty Images Gallery bestselling works. Staff photographers such as Bert Hardy, Kurt Hutton, Bill Brandt, Grace Robertson, Thurston Hopkins, John Chillingworth, and Haywood Magee worked with editors Lorant and Tom Hopkinson to produce groundbreaking images of everyday life in the pre- and postwar years along with intimate and exclusive portraits of celebrities at home and abroad. These pictures, which pre-date television, were critical in showing realistic views of social conditions to the masses. Their unobtrusive and objective style influenced later generations of photojournalists such as Don McCullin, who recalled reading Picture Post in his local barbershop as a boy.
If you would like to learn more about Picture Post, filmmaker Rob West’s Picture Stories is the first feature-length documentary to tell the story of the magazine’s history and enduring legacy. Released in 2021, it is streaming online.
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