After the War

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Wolfgang Suschitzky

Boys Playing Cards, Dundee
1944
As bomb-damaged cities began to be rebuilt after the war, Suschitzky made photographs and films recording aspects of urban growth and change. His photographs document several cities including London, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen. This is a staged image taken from a public information film made for the Ministry of Information. The film warns how easily children could fall into a life of crime, telling the story of three boys who break into a shop. The boys attend one of the new Children’s Panels, introduced to determine the fate of children who became involved in petty crime. In this photograph, the graffiti-covered building in the background, simple clothes and worn-out shoes of the children show the reality of urban life.
  • Credits Purchased 1989
  • Medium Silver gelatine print
  • Size 27.40 x 31.30 cm
© Wolfgang Suschitsky

Public Information Films

Public Information Films were commissioned by the British government and shown in cinemas. They warned the public of potential hazards to their health, safety and security. You can view a selection on the National Archives website.