Ian Berry was born in Lancashire, England. He made his reputation as a photojournalist reporting from South Africa, where he worked for the Daily Mail and 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. In 1962, while based in Paris, he was invited to join Magnum by Henri Cartier-Bresson. 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 and apartheid in South Africa. He has been published in National Geographic, Fortune, Stern, Geo, Esquire, Paris-Match, Life and several national Sunday magazines.
Award-winning Magnum photographer Ian Berry first created a portfolio of images in the Whitechapel area of East London in 1972. Now in 2011, with those original images on show at the Whitechapel Gallery throughout the summer, Professional Photographer magazine sent him back to the same locations to create a new, vibrant and exclusive portfolio of images with the Fujifilm FinePix X100.