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Picture Post and Beyond: the Hulton Picture Collection


Picture Post and Beyond: the Hulton Picture Collection

Apprectiate Picture Post, its Photographers, editors and history

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My fathers story was in the Picture Post July 1947- I'm looking for a copy 18 Replies

My Father Adam Kreb and his brother Reinhold Kreb were reunited with my grandfather Johannes June 7 1947 after WWII in Berlin Johannesstift. The Picture Post covered the story in an issue 1947. There…Continue

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Picture Post Covers 2 Replies

Hello,I am currently working on my thesis in the Photographic Preservation and Collections Management (PPCM) program at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada, working with original issues of the…Continue

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Comment by Patrick Joyce on December 14, 2021 at 15:43

I took an immedate interest in the life and work of the Picture Post photographers, after I had the good fortune to acquire a copy of the 50th Anniversay Collection some five years ago. I have remained an admirer ever since and am hopeful that my participation in this group will grow my admiration further.

Comment by John Chillingworth on November 4, 2014 at 9:29

With the recent death at the age of 101 of former staff photographer Thurston Hopkins, another milestone has been passed in the memory of those who knew and worked with him.  Of all my highly individual colleagues on the photographic staff of Picture Post, G Thurston Hopkins was the most sensitive observer of the human estate, wherever he worked on assignments around the world.  His Leica camera, which went with him wherever he went, was a natural extension of his creative eye.  I am told that in retirement, his artistic background came to the fore and his love of painting must have contributed to his well-deserved longevity.

Comment by John Chillingworth on December 22, 2013 at 15:20

There is a renewed interest among British publishers in Picture Post and its photographers. Published recently by the Liverpool based Bluecoat Press is a book entitled 'Bert Hardy's Britain' and Dewi Lewis Publishing has produced a monograph called ' John Chillingworth - Picture Post Photographer' which is generating great interest in the UK and the US.  Both books, with their images from the 'golden age' of photo-journalism, provide an insite into the magazine's influence upon photographers working today. 

Comment by Michael Pritchard on July 1, 2013 at 7:30

There is a fully searchable archive of Picture Post here published by Gale:

unfortunately it is only available to institutions. 

Comment by John B Turner on June 30, 2013 at 16:46


I am particularly interested in finding out what photographs or essays on China and Hong Kong were published in Picture Post up to 1960?

And I am wondering what happened to the late Colin Osman's research into early photojournalism, and if any of it is available for study on or off line?

Kind Regards,

John Turner

Comment by Michael Hallett on September 10, 2011 at 23:14

Thank you John for the plug about my Stefan Lorant biography which is still available by Scarecrow. And I know the material which is now at Getty very well as I was working with Lorant in the early-90s as he was assembling the content for Getty. And that was the basis for many of our conversations.

On another tack, can I use this opportunity to note that John Chillingworth has an exhibition of his own photography on show through October 2011 at the Royal Photographic Society, Fenton House, 122 Wells Road, Bath. It will be well worth seeing!

Comment by John Chillingworth on September 8, 2011 at 16:58
Why bother the Getty Research Institute, when Michael Hallett's 2006 book, "STEFAN LORANT - Godfather of Photojournalism - ISBN 0-8108-5682-4 - published in the US by Scarecrow Press, Inc. says it all?
Comment by Stuart Alexander on September 6, 2011 at 22:15
The Getty Research Institute [not affiliated with the agency Getty] in Los Angeles has the Stefan Lorant archive which should be of some help in researching Picture Post.
Comment by John Chillingworth on May 31, 2011 at 9:29
I am fascinate by the fact that this group is growing.  There must be many more tenuous personal connections with Picture Post out there!  From the time that I was introduced to a photography student, who said, "John Chillingworth?  Wow! You're history!" I have wondered what inaccurate tales have been told about the old magazine by photography tutors who had no first-hand knowledge of its existence.  Because I was one of the Picture Post 'family', I decided to tell the tale as it really was.  I have a good peg upon which to hang the story, because next year is the 75th anniversary of the launch of the magazine, so watch for news of my informative and entertaining book.  With the help of the Getty Images Hulton Archive, which holds all of my images from the 'old days', I am seeking a publisher right now........Any ideas?
Comment by James Kerr on May 30, 2011 at 10:15

I have only a small reminiscence to add....

About 25 years ago I was interviewed for a place at the Cardiff Journalism School, founded by Tom Hopkinson, former editor of Picture Post. He had long since retired from the school at this point, but liked to stay involved and sat in on my interview. Among my sheaf of cuttings, which were aimed at impressing enough to get me a place, were a number of pictures I'd taken for various student publications and local papers. He spotted the images, and interrupted the interviewer to talk photography. This took up the remaining 25 minutes of the 30 minute interview, and while we had a great chat, it did little to prove my worth or otherwise as a journalist.

I'm not complaining; I got in! 

A wonderful man and a great journalist.



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