Magazine article The Spectator

Champion of the People

Magazine article The Spectator

Champion of the People

Article excerpt

Welsh miners, Basque child refugees (above), Tyneside shipbuilders, Paul Robeson: In the Shadow of Tyranny at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (until 16 May) offers a compelling portrait of Britain in the mid-20th century, as seen by an emigree communist Austrian Jew, who also happened to be a Sov iet espionage operat ive .

Edith Tudor-Hart, who had fled her homeland in 1933 after marrying an English doctor, worked with spymaster Arnold Deutsch from 1926 onwards.

As a photographer, her political sympathies were evident throughout her career, from early work documenting protest marches of 'Red Vienna' and its subsequent Nazification to representations of British inequality and deprivation.

The se image s o f out rage and squalor are allied with fleeting cr it ique s o f bou rgeoi s l i fe . …

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