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Picture Post, Premier British News Magazine Gallery

Snapshots of Britain and the world in the 1930s, 40s, & 50s. Published between 1938 and 1957, this is a collection of archive prints which filled the pages of the weekly magazine which included light-hearted and humorous stories and major social issues, both domestic and international.

Picture Post was the premier British news magazine of the day and is widely considered a high-water mark for British photojournalism. Launched under the editorship of Hungarian émigré Stefan Loran, who left Germany after being imprisoned by Hitler, the magazine was staunchly antifascist and sympathetic to social causes. Its photojournalists pioneered new forms of story telling under the editorship of Stefan Lorrant and later Tom Hopkinson.

Once read by close to half the UK population the magazine’s circulation reached a staggering 1.7 million copies within weeks of its launch. The staff photographers were a mix of Brits and Europeans schooled in the classic style of 35mm Continental photojournalism. Included here are photos of ordinary people doing ordinary things taken by Bert Hardy, Felix H Man, Grace Robertson, Bill Brandt, Kurt Hutton, John Chillingworth, Thurston Hopkins and others whose innovative use of photojournalism captured the imagination of the British people.

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A man walking through a backstreet of the Gorbals area of Glasgow Featured Picture Post, Premier British News Magazine Image

A man walking through a backstreet of the Gorbals area of Glasgow

31st January 1948: A man walking through a backstreet in the run-down Gorbals area of Glasgow. The Gorbals tenements were built quickly and cheaply in the 1840s, providing housing for Glasgow's burgeoning population of industrial workers. Conditions were appalling; overcrowding was standard and sewage and water facilities inadequate. The tenements housed about 40, 000 people with up to eight family members sharing a single room, 30 residents sharing a toilet and 40 sharing a tap. By the time this photograph was taken 850 tenements had been demolished since 1920. Redevelopment of the area began in the late 1950s and the tenements were replaced with a modern tower block complex in the sixties. Original Publication: Picture Post - 4499 - The Forgotten Gorbals - pub. 1948 (Photo by Bert Hardy/Picture Post/Getty Images)

Tenement In Perth Featured Picture Post, Premier British News Magazine Image

Tenement In Perth

16th April 1955: A narrow tenement building in Bridgend, Perth, the Fair City, once the capital of Scotland. Perthshire is a renowned as a fertile agricultural area, which produces soft fruit and beef, and for its whisky and glass industries. Legend has it that the real Stone of Scone, the Stone of Destiny, is hidden outside the city on Moncrieff Hill and that the stone previously in England was only ever a replica. Perth is also the headquarters of the famous Black Watch regiment. Picture Post - 7671 - Make Perth The Capital - pub. 1955 (Photo by Malcolm Dunbar/Picture Post/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Iona Cross Featured Picture Post, Premier British News Magazine Image

Iona Cross

6th August 1955: The Celtic cross which has stood on the tiny island of Iona for ten centuries. The Iona Community is a Christian settlement run by a group of Scottish ministers who offer religion to factory workers and people living in the poorer areas of Glasgow. Their head office is in the city but they all visit Iona for three months of the year to train new recruits and gather people together for a Christian camp. The Community has also employed craftsmen to rebuild the island's Abbey which was abandoned after the Reformation. Original Publication: Picture Post - 7915 - Iona Belongs To Glasgow - pub. 1955 (Photo by Maurice Ambler/Picture Post/Getty Images)