Edith Tudor-Hart & Owen Logan

Lido, Mödling, near Vienna (Photographed about 1932)

About this artwork

Mödling, to the South of Vienna, was a popular weekend resort with good bathing facilities and easy access to nature. With a working-class population suffering high levels of disease, and in particular tuberculosis, municipal bathing was a political priority for Viennese authorities. By 1927 public swimming pools in Vienna received nine million visits. It was still rare, however, for municipal housing to be built with private bathrooms. The comparative novelty of photography as a mass leisure pursuit was also something Tudor-Hart felt it important to document. Shown here by the family posing for a group photograph.

Edith Tudor-Hart

Owen Logan

Edith Tudor-Hart

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

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.