Child Staring into Bakery Window, London (Photographed about 1935)
About this artwork
This was Tudor-Hart’s most popular photograph during the 1930s and was reproduced in a number of propaganda pamphlets. The juxtaposition of the plentitude of the bakery window with the dishevelled and hungry child reinforced the opposition of rich and poor, one of the key political dynamics of the era. Along with the illustrators Pearl Binder and James Fitton, Tudor-Hart planned a book titled ‘Rich Man, Poor Man’ which was never published. This photograph might have been the volume’s front cover; its message was quickly grasped and its sentiment was appealing to British audiences.
- title: Child Staring into Bakery Window, London
- accession number: PGP 279.31B
- artists: Edith Tudor-HartAustrian (1908 - 1973) Owen LoganScottish (born 1963)
- gallery: On Loan
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Food and drink Rich and poor
- date created: Photographed about 1935
- measurements: 35.30 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.