Sunday 12 May 2013

Quiet Radicalism - Edith Tudor-Hart


Quiet Radicalism, by Edith Tudor-Hart, at the Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool.

Edith Tudor-Hart fled Vienna in 1933 to escape persecution for Communist activities. She was later instrumental in setting up the Cambridge Spy Ring which infiltrated British intelligence from WWII until the late 1960s. A photographer and spy for the Soviet Union she used photography to communicate her ideas.

The exbibition traces her movements from Viennna and across the UK. Her photographs capture the conflict in Vienna and later, in the 1930s they document working conditions for coal mining communities. From the 1930s through to the 1950s her focus shifted towards social care based on her experiences as her son suffered from schizophrenia. Her photographs were used in campaigns towards better care and education for kids with special needs and disabilities.

The Drying Room for Miners' Clothes in the Pit Head Baths, Ashington (Tyneside), 1930

London, 1930

North London, 1934

Demonstration, South Wales, 1934

London's East End, 1936

Alphabet Exercises with the Body can Sometimes Teach a Child to Speak, 1949

The Fountain Hospital, London, 1951


The Fountain Hospiral, London, 1951

With her son Tommy.

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