George Rodger was born in Hale, Cheshire in 1908 and spent his childhood in Cheshire and in Scotland. At twenty, he went to America where he worked at various jobs during the depression. Returning to England in 1936, he joined the BBC as a photographer.

At the outbreak of war he became a war correspondent for the American magazine LIFE, and for the next seven years his assignments took him to sixty-two countries where he covered over eighteen war campaigns. Known as “The quiet Englishman” because of his self-effacing demeanour, George Rodger described himself as a dreamer who took up photography to see what the world had to offer beyond his horizons. This exploration would take him into desert, jungle, war and many parts of the world.

He died at his home in Kent in 1995. His archives remain under the care of his wife Jinx and his son Jon. This gallery is a collection of images from his trip to the Sahara desert with Jinx from 1957-’58 in his beloved Land Rover.

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