Edith Tudor-Hart

Austrian (1908 - 1973)
Edith Tudor-Hart & Wolfgang Suschitzky Ferris Wheel, Vienna About 1931 (negative) © The Estate of Edith Tudor-Hart


Born 1908
Died 1973
Nationality Austrian

Edith Tudor-Hart, née Suschitzky, was one of the most significant documentary photographers working in Britain in the 1930s and 1940s. Born in Vienna, she grew up in radical Jewish circles. Edith married Alex Tudor-Hart, a British doctor, and the pair moved to England. There she worked as a documentary photographer, closely associated with the Communist Party, compiling a remarkable archive of images of working people in London and later, the south of Wales. Although still active in the 1950s, the difficulties of finding work as a woman photographer led eventually to Tudor-Hart abandoning photography altogether.

Glossary terms

  • An influential German school of art and design founded in Dessau in 1919 under the architect Walter Gropius. It was based on workshop training rather than academic studios, and is celebrated for its functional design. The school moved to Dessau in 1926, housed in a famous building designed by Gropius. It later moved to Berlin before closing in 1933 due to pressure from the Nazis.

  • Photographs that are presented as a straightforward record of events, people and places.

  • Prints made in silver bromide or chloride carried in a layer of gelatine on paper.