Basque Refugee Children, North Stoneham Camp, Hampshire (Photographed 1937)
About this artwork
In May 1937 nearly 4000 children arrived by boat in Southampton, refugees from the civil war-ravaged towns of northern Spain. 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. Tudor-Hart’s photographs of the camp were a contribution to the cause and some were eventually published in a book about the refugees’ experience. Not surprisingly, she was particularly attentive to the plight of the Republican children. She was also sensitive to the clash of cultures, with Basque and English children portrayed working and playing together.
- title: Basque Refugee Children, North Stoneham Camp, Hampshire
- accession number: PGP 279.39B
- artists: Edith Tudor-HartAustrian (1908 - 1973) Owen LoganScottish (born 1963)
- gallery: Scottish National Portrait Gallery(Print Room)
- object type: Photograph
- date created: Photographed 1937
- 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.