Great Britain born 1930
Two men with dogs
Collection Title: the series Shearing Time in Snowdonia
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Grace Robertson was born in Manchester in 1930, the daughter of Picture Post journalist Fyfe Robertson. There was not a time when she could not remember the magazine being a part of the family’s life. At the age of twenty she was hired by the magazine. She intuitively understood the requirements of what was needed, realising that, as she later recalled, ‘you were expected to bring back a story, one with a beginning, a middle and an end’. The piece on sheep shearing in Snowdonia in Wales, made over four days, was the first she did with a Picture Post writer. Robertson remembered it as ‘a supremely enjoyable time, perfect in every sense of the word’, with marvellous weather after the grey skies of London ‘and, of course, there were the Welsh farming folk who, by playing themselves and unconcernedly ignoring my camera, greatly contributed to the success of the pictures’.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra