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Photograph of the Month - August 2012

Past display archive
1 August - 31 August 2012

Room 31


Oxford Scientists
by Wolfgang Suschitzky
NPG P562

The display of this portrait celebrates the hundredth birthday of photographer and cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky. Born in Vienna, Suschitzky joined his sister, social documentary photographer Edith Tudor Hart in London in 1934. Suschitzky became one of the leading figures of the British documentary film movement, working on films including Life Begins Again (1942), Children of the City (1944) and Here’s Health (1948). He is represented by twenty-three photographs in the Collection and is celebrated for his series of images taken on the Charing Cross Road in the 1930s.

This portrait taken in 1944, coincided with ICI commissioning a film from the Realist Film Unit, whose chief cameraman was Suschitzky. The film included a re-enactment of Sir Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin, and showed Howard Florey, Sir Ernst Chain and Norman Heatley at work in their Oxford laboratory.

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