Refreshment Kiosk, the Lobau, Vienna (Photographed 1932)
About this artwork
The Lobau, an area of water and forest to the east of Vienna, was promoted by the Social Democrats as a place of healthy recreation for the city’s working class. In 1932, Tudor-Hart contributed to a photo essay on the Lobau in the illustrated magazine ‘Der Kuckuck’. Titled ‘Wildbaden in der Lobau’ [Free Bathing in the Lobau], the essay emphasised that an area that was once a playground of the imperial monarchy was now open to the people of Vienna. This photograph was captioned ‘Kurhotel Lobau’ [Spa Hotel Lobau], an ironic reference to the facilities previously enjoyed only by Rudolf, Crown Prince of Austria, Hungary and Bohemia.
- title: Refreshment Kiosk, the Lobau, Vienna
- accession number: PGP 279.23B
- artists: Edith Tudor-HartAustrian (1908 - 1973) Owen LoganScottish (born 1963)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Food and drink
- materials: Modern silver gelatine print from archival negative
- date created: Photographed 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.