Edith Tudor-Hart & Wolfgang Suschitzky

Untitled [Prater Ferris Wheel, Vienna] (About 1931 (negative))

About this artwork

Before marrying Edith Tudor Hart had studied photography at the Bauhaus in Dessau. The concerns of this school are obvious in the geometries and startling perspective of this image. Note the exaggerated size of the steel supports of the wheel and the minute figures of the people standing on the ground. The photographer's eagerness to document the dynamism of urban life suggests she was aware of developments in Soviet avant-garde photography.

Edith Tudor-Hart

Wolfgang Suschitzky

Edith Tudor-Hart

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.

Wolfgang Suschitzky

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.