Wolfgang Suschitzky BSC 1912-2016

Wolfgang Suschitzky lived most of his long life in England where he based his work as photographer and a cinematographer. As a Jew he was politically forced to fled from his home country Austria in the 1930's when the right wing took over the power.

Wolfgang Suschitzky’s eerie period essays in black and white are a paean to the dignity of labour. Photograph: Eamonn McCabe for the Guardian





As a refugee in the 1930's in London following a family profession as photographer Suschitzky took his most remarkable photographs. «His best-known photographs remain those taken at dawn on Charing Cross Road in London at that time. The steam rising from the asphalt as cloth-capped workers lay the road surface ahead of the steamroller, and the whitish glow of milk bottles on a float, are eerie period essays in black and white, a paean to the dignity of labor» writes the Guardian.»

He reach the movies through the documentary work in the 1940's but he was better known for his work on «Get Carter (1971), shot on location in north-east England, starring Michael Caine. His early cinematic work – in collaboration with the director Paul Rotha – was in a documentary style similar to that of his stills, with titles such as Children of the City (1944), a dramatized study of deprived children in Dundee, the Bafta-winning The World Is Rich (1948), a hard-hitting documentary that looked at food distribution following the second world war, and «No Resting Place» (1951), among the first British feature films shot entirely on location. » writes the Guardian

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An image by Wolfgang Suschitzky of workers applying asphalt to
the surface of Charing Cross Road, London, in the 1930s

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