A founding member of Magnum, George Rodger's enduring passion, represented in this exhibition, was Africa. Rodger's career began in the early days of the Second World War when he covered the Blitz of London and Coventry for "Life" magazine. It was "Life" who gave him his first commission in Africa in 1941 where he recorded the struggle of the Allies and their supporters against the forces of Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. He returned in 1947 and became a member of the newly founded Magnum Agency, then began a two-year overland journey from Cape Town to Cairo.
Rodger visited Nigeria, Uganda and Lamberene in Gabon. He gained unprecedented access to the Nuba tribe in Southern Sudan and the Masai warriors of Kenya, photographing their way of life and secret ceremonies.
Rodger, who was as born in Cheshire in 1908 of Scottish descent, had a deep personal involvement with the plight of the Nuba people in Southern Sudan. In 1978 he was awarded an Arts Council bursary to return once again to Africa and photograph the tribes he had first encountered thirty years before. Up until the weeks supporting his death in 1995 he was still actively involved in supporting the Nuba, whose very existence has remained threatened.