Caledonian Market, London
© Photograph by Edith Tudor-Hart

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Caledonian Market, London Photographed about 1931
Caledonian Market was one of the largest flea-markets in London during the 1930s. It was popular with photographers as it offered easy access to a lively aspect of the city’s working-class culture. Fellow exiles such as Bill Brandt and László Moholy-Nagy also photographed there, perhaps because it provided an echo of a complex street life commonplace on the Continent. Tudor-Hart published a photo essay about Caledonian Market in the illustrated magazine ‘Der Kuckuck’ in 1931 titled ‘The Market of Naked Misery’. As she wrote, “of all the working-class districts in Europe’s great cities, those in London are the bleakest”. Here, the focus is on the dynamic between the three central figures.

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  • Acc. No. PGP 279.29B
  • Medium Modern silver gelatine print from archival negative
  • Size 27.70 x 27.50 cm
  • Credit Presented by Wolfgang Suschitzky 2004