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George Rodger

Born in Cheshire, George Rodger (1908-1995) served in the British Merchant Navy. After a short spell in America, he worked as a photographer for the BBC's The Listener magazine, followed by a brief stint working for the Black Star Agency. He became a war correspondent for Life magazine. He won eighteen campaign medals covering Free French activities in West Africa, and went on to document the war front in Eritrea, Abyssinia, and the Western Desert. Having covered the liberation of France, Belgium, and Holland, Rodger was the first photographer to enter Bergen-Belsen concentration camp and photograph the German surrender. Rodger was invited to join Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, and William Vandivert in founding Magnum.