Stories of Migration from Picture Post Magazine 1938–56

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Stories of Migration from Picture Post Magazine 1938–56

  • Tue 2 Jul 2019
  • 7:00PM

This illustrated talk will examine media coverage in Britain's best-selling weekly magazine, Picture Post, of Refugees, Newcomers & Citizens, the exhibition currently on show at the Peltz Gallery.  

Picture Post, founded by Hungarian émigré editor Stefan Lorant in 1938, showcased a number of émigré photographers including Kurt Hutton and Felix H. Man from Germany and Gerti Deutsch from Austria (the only one who did not anglicise her name). As the only woman photographer working for the magazine, Deutsch's stories on Their First Day in England and Coloured Girls get down to Work are included, together with Hutton's on child concentration camp survivors at what became the Lake District Holocaust Project, and more on African and Afro-Caribbean immigration by Haywood Magee and Bert Hardy in the 1950s.

Amanda Hopkinson is an academic, writer and translator and the daughter of Gerti Deutsch and Picture Post editor (from 1940) Tom Hopkinson.

The exhibition Refugees, Newcomers & Citizens is part of the Insiders/Outsiders Festival and coincides with Refugee Week. 


Austrian Cultural Forum London
28 Rutland Gate
London SW7 1PQ

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Gerti Deutsch, Picture Post, Hulton Archive © Getty Images