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50th Anniversary of 'Picture Post'

In June 1957, a milestone in British publishing history closed. PICTURE POST acquired 750,000 buyers in the first six hours of it hitting the news stands on 1st October, 1938 and it was to become a part of everyday British life under the editorship of Stefan Lorant and Sir Tom Hopkinson.

Getty Images Gallery is proud to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the final edition of PICTURE POST with an exhibition of photographs drawn from stories both published and unpublished. Memories of a Britain before, during and after World War II will be rekindled by this extraordinary array of pictures curated by Colin Jacobson, founding picture editor of the Independent Magazine and member of the World Press Photo UK committee, whose father, Sydney, wrote for the magazine.

PICTURE POST explored the fascinating range of social foothills in Britain and showed them in a totally new light, as well as covering overseas news and events. The genius of Lorant, a Hungarian émigré, was to come to the fore, in his ability to use photography as the core narrative of the magazine.

The majority of the photographs were from the extraordinary archive being assembled by the young Edward Hulton while others were commissioned by Lorant, with both collections now part of Getty Images.

PICTURE POST ’informed, educated and entertained’ for three event-packed decades (1938-1957) - its place in British society and publishing folklore well and truly established with an impact on magazine design and content that endures to this day.