Swastikas in Shadow, Vienna (Photographed about 1932)
About this artwork
The precise date and location of this photograph are hard to pin down, but its meaning – a sign of the gathering Nazi threat – is unmistakeable. The Austrian Nazi Party grew in strength from the early 1930s, largely in response to a sharp downturn in the economy. It proved particularly popular amongst young people, many suffering long-term unemployment. In 1933, the Austrian Chancellor banned the Party imprisoning many of its activists in concentration camps. Tudor-Hart’s photograph eloquently points to the growing significance during the 1930s of anti-fascist politics for both the Austrian and British left.
- title: Swastikas in Shadow, Vienna
- accession number: PGP 279.18B
- artists: Edith Tudor-HartAustrian (1908 - 1973) Owen LoganScottish (born 1963)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Political reform
- materials: Modern silver gelatine print from archival negative
- date created: Photographed about 1932
- measurements: 30.20 x 30.00 cm
- credit line: Presented by Wolfgang Suschitzky 2004
Edith Tudor-Hart, née Suschitzky, was one of the most significant documentary photographers working in Britain in the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Vienna, she grew up in radical Jewish circles. Edith married Alex Tudor-Hart, a British doctor, and the pair moved to England. There she worked as a documentary photographer, closely associated with the Communist Party, compiling a remarkable archive of images of working people in London and later, the south of Wales. Although still active in the 1950s, the difficulties of finding work as a woman photographer led eventually to Tudor-Hart abandoning photography altogether.
Owen Logan was born in Edinburgh in 1963. He has worked as a freelance photographer since 1979. His work has been largely about documenting other cultures. In 1983 he began a series of pictures of the Sikh community both in Britain and abroad. His projects have concentrated on life in Morocco, published as 'Al Maghrib' (1989) and the Italian communities in Scotland, 'Bloodlines/Vite allo Specchio'. He is currently working on a complex long-term project in Nigeria, about the impact of globalisation, which involves close collaboration with Nigerians. Logan is also a contributing editor to the independent arts magazine Variant and a research fellow in the field of socio-economics at the University of Aberdeen. He lives and works in Edinburgh and Toulon.