Master Photographers : Ian Berry

“The great single picture is emotionally satisfying, whereas getting a good journalistic story is more about being a professional. ”

Ian Berry was born in Lancashire, England. He made his reputation in South Africa, where he worked for the Daily Mail and later for Drum magazine. He was the only photographer to document the massacre at Sharpeville in 1960, and his photographs were used in the trial to prove the victims’ innocence.

Henri Cartier-Bresson invited Ian Berry to join Magnum in 1962, when he was based in Paris. He moved to London in 1964 to become the first contract photographer for the Observer Magazine. Since then assignments have taken him around the world: he has documented Russia’s invasion of Czechoslovakia; conflicts in Israel, Ireland, Vietnam and the Congo; famine in Ethiopia; apartheid in South Africa. The major body of work produced in South Africa is represented in two of his books: Black and Whites: L’Afrique du Sud (with a foreword by the then French president François Mitterrand), and Living Apart (1996). During the last year, projects have included child slavery in Ghana and the Spanish fishing industry.

Important editorial assignments have included work for National Geographic, Fortune, Stern, Geo, national Sunday magazines, Esquire, Paris-Match and Life. Ian Berry has also reported on the political and social transformations in China and the former USSR.

Ian Berry works out of London.

 Master Photographers : Ian Berry

Public waiting room at Zigui ferry terminal, Asia

 Master Photographers : Ian Berry

Dhakin Shatialbur in the Lalbag district just north of Chittagong. Bare-handed men and boys prepare to drag a huge load by hawser in the ship-breaking yard. Huge tankers are driven at full throttle and high tide on to the beach where they are broken up. Chittagong, Bangladesh (2000)

 Master Photographers : Ian Berry

Novice Tibetan monks on their way to prayer. Xiahe, Gansu Provinence, China (1996)

 Master Photographers : Ian Berry

An old women trudges past boarded up terraced houses with a statue of Christ beyond. Sunderland, G.B.England (1974)

 Master Photographers : Ian Berry

Four village women show the telltale black marks on the palms of their hands of arsenic poisoning. Their only source of fresh water, a pump, is painted red to show that the water is contaminated with arsenic, Bangladesh, Khulna, Jessore, Kamarpara village(2000)

 Master Photographers : Ian Berry

Men hurling rocks and molotov cocktails at security forces in the prelude to Bobby Sands funeral. Northern Irelandgb, Belfast. (1981)

 Master Photographers : Ian Berry

Iran. Mashad

 Master Photographers : Ian Berry

A woman contributes to a colourful scene in the townships. Ivory Coast. Abidjan (1976)

 Master Photographers : Ian Berry

Child gets washed in a bucket at outdoor standpipe. Mali, Bamako (1970)

 Master Photographers : Ian Berry

A young black girl, scarcely more than a child herself, looks after a baby girl for a white family. South Africa (1969)

 Master Photographers : Ian Berry

Whites enjoy a wine tasting in the Cape whilst coloured workers bring on fresh supplies. South Africa, Paarl (1981)

 Master Photographers : Ian Berry

Cafe in Istanbul, Turkey 

Master Photographers : Ian Berry

Master Photographers : Ian Berry

source: magnumphotos.com

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