George Rodger: An Adventure in Photography, 1908-1995

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He was a trailblazing twentieth-century British photojournalist but George Rodger lived in the adventurous tradition of nineteenth-century explorers. Cofounding Magnum Photos in 1947 with Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa, the modest Rodger was eclipsed by his partnersuntil now.

Rodger's Indiana Jones-style escapades are legendary and worth the telling. He once covered over 75,000 miles of "old Africa" in a Land Rover. He even survived a white rhino charge. He went on to become a key photographer of African tribal life. During World War II he covered sixty-one countries for Life magazine. He was chased through three hundred miles of Burmese jungles by both the Japanese army and a tribe of headhunters. And he was the first to record the liberation of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. He quit photography when he realized he was arranging "thousands of Jewish corpses in nice photographic compositions."

In fascinating detail Carol Naggar not only recalls Roger's singular life and artistic contribution, but she also provides an in-depth look at the complex dynamics of ethics, violence, and photojournalism. As such, it places the legacy of George Rodger within a broader sociohistorical context.

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Arthur Morey has performed in New York, Chicago, and Milan. He has freelanced scripts and won awards for both plays and fiction. A former literary manager, he has taught acting and writing. Winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards, he has narrated novels by John Irving, Nathan Englander, Richard Russo, and John Burnam Schwartz, as well as nonfiction by Kurt Eichenwald, John McCain, George Tenet, Deepak Chopra, Gay Talese, and others.

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A cofounder of Magnum Photos, George Rodger had none of the flamboyance of his business partner, Robert Capa; accordingly, this biography has fewer women and less alcohol than the recent portrait of the kinetic Capa, Blood and Champagne by Alex Kershaw [BKL Je 1 & 15 03]. Yet Rodger was an intriguing character possessed of the itinerant spirit so closely associated with photojournalists. He knocked about the world as a seaman and factory worker before becoming a photographer at the outset of World War II. According to Naggar, he seems to have regarded his combat coverage as more of a duty, while, for Capa, it was a deadly attraction. After immortalizing on film the horrors of the Blitz and Bergen-Belsen, Rodger devoted his career to his true passion, peoples of Africa, out of which came Village of the Nubas (1955; republished 1999). Granted access to Rodger's papers, Naggar includes Rodger's blemishes (she found anti-Semitism in his letters), rendering a complete portrait of his significance to a formative period in the history of photojournalism. Gilbert Taylor
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