Edith Tudor-Hart

During the 1930s photography became implicated in the vital political and social questions of the era as never before. A key exponent was the Viennese-born photographer Edith Tudor-Hart, who left Austria for Britain after being arrested for her political activities in 1933. Having trained at the Bauhaus she pursued a career as a documentary and portrait photographer, covering issues of poverty, social division and child welfare in Vienna, London, Tyneside, Wales and Scotland.

Tudor-Hart was one of the most significant documentary photographers working in Britain in the 1930s and 1940s. Her photography constitutes a sophisticated realism, marked by its directness and capacity to communicate.

This feature is based on the exhibition of her photographs, which was recently held at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.