In Chittagong, Bangladesh, close to the Lalbag district, bare-handed men and boys prepare to drag huge loads into the shipyard. Tankers are driven at full throttle to the beach at high tide, where they are then broken up.

Henri Cartier-Bresson invited English photographer Ian Berry to joinin 1962. Berry is best known for his conflict reportage and he was one of only two photographers to document the Prague Invasion in 1968. His empathic humanitarian coverage has been received with great acclaim, particularly his work documenting the Apartheid in South Africa.

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Ian Berry
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Ian Berry was born in Lancashire, England. He made his reputation in South Africa, where he worked for the Daily Mail and later for Drum magazine. He was the only photographer to document the massacre at Sharpeville in 1960, and his photographs were used in the trial to prove the victims’ innocence.

Henri Cartier-Bresson invited Ian Berry to join Magnum in 1962 when he was based in Paris. He moved to London in 1964 to become the first contract photographer for the Observer Magazine. Since then assignments have taken him around the world: he has documented Russia’s invasion of Czechoslovakia, conflicts in Israel, Ireland, Vietnam and the Congo, famine in Ethiopia; apartheid in South Africa, the political and social transformation in China and the former USSR.

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