Grace Robertson was born July 13th, 1930 in Manchester, England. Her photographic career began when her father gave her a second-hand camera in 1949, and one year later she published a photo story in Picture Post about her sister doing homework. Since then, Robertson became a noted photojournalist. Knowing that few women in the 1950s held a career in photo journalism, Robertson found it necessary to work under the pseudonym Dick Muir. In 1950, Robertson was hired at Picture Post, where she spent the majority of her career photographing post-war Britain. One of Robertson's most notable assignments was to photograph the Battersea Women's Pub outing. Grace followed the women as they sipped beer, danced in a conga line, and rode roller coasters.


Grace Robertson was married to fellow photojournalist Thurston Hopkins with whom she lived with in London. She currently writes and gives lectures on the role of women in photography. In 1999, Robertson was awarded the Order of the British Empire, one of the country's highest honors.