In "Humanity and Inhumanity", George Rodger's work presents the unimaginable suffering and unprecedented changes that took place in the mid-20th century. As witness to the Second World War, Rodger made a unique journey that took him 75,000 miles from Britain across Africa, the Near East, and the Indian Subcontinent. Toward the end of the war, his coverage of Italy, liberated France, and the horrors of the Nazi concentration camps created visual documents that have been burned into the mind. After the war, Rodger went to Africa, photographing such unique cultures as the Nuba of Sudan, long before the controversial artist Leni Riefenstahl 'discovered' them, revealing, as Cartier-Bresson notes, the complexity and infinite humanity of the continent in a way that Riefenstahl never could.
There are iconic images that virtually everyone will recognize, but they gain new impact when set into the visual tapestry here, which conveys not only the major upheavals of the 20th century, but also life's daily, simple joys.
Together with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, and David Seymour, Rodger founded Magnum, one of the great photographic endeavors of the 20th century, in 1947. "Humanity and Inhumanity" presents the definitive pictures of Rodger's long career, together with reflections by Bruce Bernard on each phase of the photographer's extraordinary life journey. With a foreword by Henri Cartier-Bresson, "Humanity and Inhumanity" is a fitting tribute to George Rodger and a celebration of his life's work.
Size: 11 3/4 x 10"
Publisher: Phaidon Press, Ltd. (London, 1994)