Tudor-Hart ( Suschitzky)~Edith – ‘In the Shadow of Tyranny’.

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Artist: Edith Tudor-Hart
Author: Duncan Forbes, Anton Holzer, and Roberta McGrath
Publisher: Hatje Cantz
Year: 2013
ISBN: 9783775735674.

`hardback, !52 pages, English, 24,8 x 28,5 cm
Condition: NEW

The committed realism of worker photography of the 1930s met the political developments of the time with an enlightening impetus. Alongside Paul Strand and Tina Modotti, the first ranks of those socially motivated photographers also include the Viennese photographer Edith Tudor-Hart (1908–1973), who was close to the Communist Party. The Jew took a preliminary course at the Bauhaus in Dessau and in 1933 married an Englishman who supported the labor movement and with whom she fled to Great Britain. It was here that Tudor-Hart rose to prominence posthumously, as she added employees to the Soviet spy ring of the Cambridge Five until it was broken up in the 1960s.

For her sensitive black-and-white photographs, Tudor-Hart used a medium-format Rolleiflex with which she could take pictures from waist height, which allowed her to communicate freely with her models at work. The volume shows her unpretentious, documentary-style photographs on social issues, which were made in Vienna, London, Wales and Scotland.

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