In 1951, Grace Robertson (born England, 1930) was despatched to record life among the sheep farmers of Snowdonia, Wales. Robertson was on her first assignment for The Picture Post magazine (1938 – 1957). She’d been hired by the periodical in 1950, a time when only a few women were working as photojournalists. “In those days”, Robertson said, “if you were a middle-class girl there were [only] three jobs – teaching, secretarial work or nursing, just to fill in until you got your man.” Before getting the job, Robertson had pretended to be a man. “I was Dick Muir,” she recalled in 2010, ‘explaining that she married the first name of a young man she had once fancied to her Glaswegian mother’s maiden name’ – “I was rather pleased to put unrequited love to good use.” True love did arrive. She met her husband, Thurston Hopkins, a hymned photojournalist when they both worked at the Post.
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