Grace Robertson

1930
Robertson was born in Manchester

1949
Received her first Leica camera, a gift from her father

1951
First assignment for Picture Post photographing sheep shearers working on a farm in Snowdonia, Wales

1952
Accompanied the Bluebell Girls, a Parisian cabaret troupe on tour to Italy

Documents elderly people visiting the Tate gallery, London.

1954
Mother's Day Off
Robertson joined a group of women from Bermondsey on a day trip to Margate

1955
Robertson's photographs of a woman giving birth are published in Picture Post

1956
Life magazine commissions Robertson to re-shoot Mother's Day Off, this time featuring women from Clapham, South London.

1957
After the collapse of the Picture Post Robertson works as a freelance photojournalist

1966
Trained as a primary school teacher whilst still pursuing photography- teacher until 1978

1986
Subject of Channel 4 documentary

1989
Grace Robertson- Photojournalist of the 50s (monograph) published

1992
Robertson is commissioned by the BBC to make a documentary about nonagenarians
Distinguished Photographers' Award American Women in Photography Int

1995
Honorary D.Litt University of Brighton

1999
Robertson receives an OBE in recognition of her services to photography and is awarded the Wingate Scholarship

2007
Robertson's work was featured in How We Are at Tate Britain
In recognition of her services to photojournalism, Robertson is awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Education by Brunel University
Attended Kendal High School for Girls, Eothen School Caterham, Maria Grey Teacher Trg College Twickenham.


Selected Exhibitions:
1986
The National Museum of Photography, Film and TV

1987
The Photographer's Gallery, London
The University of California, San Diego

1989
Zelda Cheatle Gallery, London
National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

1990
Gardner Centre, University of Sussex

1992
Cathleen Ewing Gallery, Washington DC

1993
Watershed, Bristol

1994
University of Brighton, Sussex

1995
Leaving Their Mark: Sixteen Achieving Women of Eastbourne, Towner Gallery

1998
The Leica Gallery, New York

2002
Grace Robertson: A Sympathetic Eye, University Gallery, University of Brighton, 24th April- 29th May 2002

Aberdeen Art Gallery

2003
The Lowry

2006
Breaking the Frame: Pioneering Women in Photojournalism, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego

2007
How We Are, Tate Britain, London, 2007
Grace Robertson, The Photographer's Gallery, London, 11th October- 31st December 2007

Collections:
Victoria and Albert Museum
The National Museum of Photography, Film and Television
J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington DC
Michigan State University
Akron Art Museum Ohio
Helmut Gernsheim Collection, University of Texas
Hulton Getty Collection, London
The National Gallery of Australia

Publications:
Grace Robertson, 'A Sympathetic Eye, University of Brighton, 2002
Break the Frame: Pioneering Women in Photojournalism, ed. by Carol McCusker, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, 2006




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Grace Robertson

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