Five Facets of Photography – George Rodger

Dinka boys of the Duk Faiwil tribe. Sudan, George Rodger, 1949.

George Rodger was a founding member of Magnum Photos in 1947. He travelled to Africa and photographed of indigenous people of the Nuba Mountains, the Latuka and other tribes of southern Sudan, in 1948 and 1949.  The results are regarded as, ‘some of the most historically important and influential images taken in sub-Saharan Africa during the twentieth century’.  Rodger published his photo essay on the Nuba and Latuka in 1951; pictures were also seen widely through the National Geographic. Divisive German photographer and filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl was prompted by Rodger’s work to travel to the Nuba region to make her own photo stories on the Nuba people.

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