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.

Browse the Picture Post Limited Edition Signed Portfolio.