About this artwork

In a society with only rudimentary welfare payments, high levels of unemployment were one of the central political questions of the day. After the Wall Street Crash of 1929, Britain’s access to world markets declined dramatically, leading to heavy job losses, particularly in industrial regions. By 1931 unemployment had reached more than three million and the Labour Government collapsed, in part because it attempted to reduce benefits. This photograph is a comment on these events and perhaps particularly the problems faced by workers who had been made homeless as a result of joblessness.

Edith Tudor-Hart

Owen Logan

Edith Tudor-Hart

Owen Logan