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Photojournalist Thurston Hopkins dies at age of 101

The great British photojournalist Thurston Hopkins has died at the age of 101, after a short illness. An unsung hero in British photography culture, few people captured the spirit, character and contradictions of Britain in the years immediately following the Second World War. “We have lost one of the few remaining photographers with a direct link to the so called ‘golden age’ of reportage. Born during the Great War, Hopkins leaves a photographic legacy that will undoubtedly continue to be an inspiration for generations of photographers to come,” says Matt Butson, Vice President of Getty Images’ Archive, who now hold the archival rights to Hopkins’ images, in an interview with British Journal of Photography. Born in London in April 1913, Thurston Godfrey Hopkins originally trained as a graphic illustrator at Brighton College of Art. While he was there a teacher advised him to: “Watch those shadows, they give black-and-white illustration weight and balance where it is most needed.” “This became something of a leitmotif in my visual thinking,” he later commented. “Not only when I was making pen …


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