Austria 1908 – Great Britain 1973
c.1930 Description: PG/ETH 01
Materials & Technique: photographs, gelatin silver photograph
Born into a Viennese Jewish family with radical socialist leanings, Edith Suschitzky trained as a Montessori kindergarten teacher before studying photography at the Bauhaus art school in Dessau. She married the English physician Alex Tudor Hart in 1933. Facing prosecution for Communist activities they fled to Britain, settling in South Wales. Her brother Wolfgang also moved to England at this time and made a name for himself as a documentary photographer. In the mid-thirties she used her camera to highlight the difficulties faced by the poor living in wretched housing conditions in London’s East End. Her images appeared in books published by the Left Book Club and later, in the fifties, she contributed photo-essays to Picture Post. Recently it has come to light that Tudor Hart had a key involvement in recruiting members of the Cambridge spy ring for the Russian secret service.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra