Preparing Vegetables, North Stoneham Camp, Hampshire (Photographed 1937)
About this artwork
This is a captivating image showing a group of children surrounded by cabbages that they are preparing. They are refugees from civil war-ravaged towns of northern Spain. In May 1937 nearly 4000 children arrived by boat in Southampton. Suffering terrible sea-sickness, they underwent medical examination before being housed in a temporary camp at nearby North Stoneham. Aged mostly between five and sixteen, and from both sides of the conflict, they were to be rehoused by the Basque Children’s Committee in residential ‘colonies’ around the country. Refugees were settled as far north as Montrose in north east Scotland.
- title: Preparing Vegetables, North Stoneham Camp, Hampshire
- accession number: PGP 279.38B
- artists: Edith Tudor-HartAustrian (1908 - 1973) Owen LoganScottish (born 1963)
- gallery: On Loan
- object type: Photograph
- subject: Food and drink
- materials: Modern silver gelatine print from archival negative
- date created: Photographed 1937
- measurements: 30.20 x 29.80 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.