Photograph entitled 'Korongo Nuba Wrestlers of Kordofan, South Sudan', by George Rodger, 1949. From collection of material relating to the photographic essay `The Nubas of Kordofan', comprising contact sheets, captions, work prints, tear sheets and final prints.
Photograph entitled 'Korongo Nuba Wrestlers of Kordofan, South Sudan', by George Rodger, 1949.
George Rodger (1908 - 1995), a British photojournalist, is known primarily for his shocking photographs of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, and for his role in the establishment of the influential agency, Magnum Photos. Rodger is also known for the photographs he took in Africa in the years immediately after the second world war.
This photograph, of two wrestlers, was taken in the Nuba Mountains, in Kordofan, central Sudan, whilst Rodger was working for National Geographic magazine.
The photograph preserves the dignity of the tribesmen and avoids any recourse to sensationalism or voyeurism. Placing himself as observer rather than interpreter, Rodger produced a sensitive portrait of the tribe. This image was included in Edward Steichen's 1955 MOMA exhibition The Family of Man.