Marjory Collins

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Marjory Collins
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Marjory Collins (c. 1943)
Born 1912
Died 1985
Nationality American
Alma mater Antioch University (San Francisco)
Occupation photojournalist

Marjory Collins (1912–1985) was an American photojournalist. She is remembered above all for her coverage of the home front during World War II.


The daughter of writer Frederick Lewis Collins, Marjory grew up at Scarsdale in New York City. Between 1935 and 1940, she studied informally with Ralph Steiner and attended Photo League events. Her work as a documentary photographer was taken up by major agencies. As a result of a contribution for U.S. Camera and Travel about Hoboken, New Jersey, she was invited to work for the Foreign Service of the United States Office of War Information. She completed some 50 assignments there with stories about the American way of life and support for the war effort. In line with new emphasis on multiculturalism, she contributed to photographic coverage of African Americans as well as citizens of Czech, German, Italian and Jewish origin.[1]

In 1944, Collins worked freelance for a construction company in Alaska before travelling to Africa and Europe on government and commercial assignments. Thereafter she worked mainly as an editor and a writer covering civil rights, the Vietnam War and women's movements. In the 1960s, she edited American Journal of Public Health.[1]

In the 1980s, she moved to San Francisco where she obtained an M.A. in American Studies at Antioch College West. She died in 1985 at the age of 73.[1]



  1. ^ a b c Beverly W. Brannan, "Marjory Collins (1912-1985): Biographical Essay", The Library of Congress. Retrieved 18 March 2013.

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