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'I had to get the filth of war out of my system, the screams of the wounded, the moans of the dying. I went in search of a place in the world that was clean.' That is how George Rodger once explained the time spent with the Nuba tribe in Sudan.
From 1939 to 1945 George Rodger had worked as a war correspondent for Life. He photographed in Africa, witnessed the invasion of Normandy and the liberation of Paris. In April, 1945, he was the first photographer to see the horrors of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. Sick of searching for 'good compositions of the dead', he decided to never again photograph violence or death.
The first project that he carried out as a founder of Magnum was a 50,000 kilometre trip through North Africa. Eye to eye with the old civilisation, not affected by the recent modern war, he hoped to work through his personal experiences. This emotional commitment undoubtedly explains the exceptional quality of his reportage, which appeared for the first time in 1951 in the National Geographic.
His book Village of the Nubas (1955) is still regarded as a classic. Rodger (1908-1995) made dozens of further trips through Africa.
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