A Foggy Day in Dundee, 1959
International photojournalist Michael Peto made regular trips to Dundee, primarily to visit his step-son who had settled here, but also to photograph the city’s people and places.
This photograph won Peto the bronze medal by the International Organisation of Journalists at Interpress-Foto at their 1960 meeting held in Berlin. In the photograph you can see one of the women wearing jute overshoes that was commonly worn by textile workers. We think it’s possible that the women are gossiping in Hunter Street, although we can’t be certain.
Born in Hungary, Peto narrowly escaped the Nazis and came to Britain. During WW2, he worked in London for the Ministry of Labour and the allied war effort. Peto also learnt the skills of photography and became one of the leading photojournalists of his generation after he joined The Observer in 1949.
Michael Peto died at the age of 62 on Christmas Day, 1970. His family donated the collection, which comprises 130,000 negatives and prints, to the University of Dundee Archive Services.
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