Boys Playing Cards, Dundee (1944)
About this artwork
This photograph was taken in Dundee during the filming of a documentary entitled 'Children of the City'. Around the end of the Second World War, it was feared that boys growing up without the fathers who had been killed in the war might drift innocently into crime. The film was made for the Ministry of Information in 1944 and presented the new childrens' panels which were designed to deal with the problem of delinquency. This image was staged from one of the opening scenes.
Wolfgang Suschitzky, a photographer and cameraman born in Vienna, became one of the leading documentary makers on the British film market. He came to England in 1934 and signed up with Paul Rotha's Strand Films company in London. In a career spanning sixty years he has shot over a hundred films for both government agencies and commercial companies, including classics such as Ring of Bright Water (1969) and Get Carter (1970). Wherever he travelled, he also took his stills camera, snatching time from film making to build a significant archive of documentary photographs.