Edith Tudor-Hart

Unemployed Workers’ Demonstration, Vienna

About this artwork

Throughout the 1920s Vienna was afflicted by high levels of unemployment, a source of social unrest. Some estimates suggest that by 1933 this affected as many as 750,000 people, or forty percent of the urban labour force. The social-democratic administration worked hard to alleviate unemployment’s worst aspects, paying special attention to working-class housing and cultural provision in the city. However, they did little to resolve inequality and the social-democratic leadership was frequently accused of valuing cultural over political and economic struggle. Tudor-Hart photographed both the effects of unemployment and the Social Democrats’ efforts to improve the lives of the city’s working class. Her images reflect the stark contradictions of interwar Vienna.

  • title:
    Unemployed Workers’ Demonstration, Vienna
  • accession number:
    PGP 279.20B
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  • materials:
    Modern silver gelatine print from archival negative
  • date created:
    Photographed 1932
  • measurements:
    30.30 x 30.00 cm
  • credit line:
    Presented by Wolfgang Suschitzky 2004
  • copyright:
    © held jointly by Peter Suschitzky, Julia Donat & Misha Donat

Edith Tudor-Hart

Owen Logan

Edith Tudor-Hart

Owen Logan