Grace Robertson

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Grace Robertson
Grace Robertson

(1930-07-13)July 13, 1930

Grace Robertson OBE (born 13 July 1930)[1] is a British photographer.

Robertson was born in Manchester, England. After leaving school she looked after her mother who suffered from rheumatoid arthritis. Robertson's father, the journalist Fyfe Robertson,[2] gave her a second-hand camera in 1949 and the following year she had a photo story about her sister doing her homework published in Picture Post. Over the next few years she had several photo stories published in the magazine including "Sheep Shearing in Wales" (1951), "Tate Gallery" (1952), "Mother's Day Off" (1954) and "Childbirth" (1955).[3]

Robertson was appointed an OBE in 1999.[1] She is the widow of the Picture Post photographer Thurston Hopkins (1913–2014).[2]

As well as photojournalism for magazines such as Life, Robertson worked in advertising.


  1. ^ a b Ms Grace Robertson, OBE, Debretts. Retrieved 16 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b Murphy, Anna (9 August 2010). "Grace Robertson, interview with the 1950s photojournalist". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 17 March 2016.
  3. ^ Robertson, Grace (1989). Grace Robertson: Photojournalist of the 50s. London: Virago Press. pp. 7–27. ISBN 1-85381-089-4.

Further reading[edit]

  • Robertson, Grace (2002). Grace Robertson a sympathetic eye. [Brighton]: University of Brighton. ISBN 9781901177626. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  • Robertson, Grace; Schildmeyer, Phyllis (1991). Grace Robertson. California State University, Fullerton, Oral History Program. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  • Rosenblum, Naomi (2014). A history of women photographers. New York: Abbeville.
  • Robertson, Grace; Williams, Val; Graham, Beryl; Wells, Liz; Friend, Melanie (1994). Signals: festival of women photographers. London: Interchange Studios.