WOLF SUSCHITZKY’S LONDON 22 JANUARY - 6 MARCH 2016
14 December 2015
Print Sales presents Wolf Suschitzky’s London, an exhibition of street photography by the celebrated cinematographer and documentarian, Wolfgang Suschitzky (b. Vienna, 1912). Showcasing iconic images of Charing Cross Road, vintage prints and previously unseen work, the show focuses on historic depictions of 1930s and 40s London and the artist’s enduring fascination with his adopted city.
Born to a Jewish family, Suschitzky grew-up in the Austro-Hungarian Empire before deciding to flee the rising tide of Austrofascism in 1933. Arriving in London at the age of twenty-four, he began capturing the passingmoments and unexamined nuances of urban life. He quickly found employment with a number of politically influential magazines including Picture Post and Weekly Illustrated. The work he produced for these publications helped refine his profoundly humanist approach, and contributed to his legacy of socially engaged photography and film work over the next eighty years in Britain.
A skilled photojournalist, Suschitzky’s often candid photographs are admired for their spontaneity and quiet intensity. Leading viewers on a tour through London’s atmospheric cityscapes, his images observe the subtle body language of a couple deep in conversation or an avid reader outside Foyles bookshop, as well as capturing the darker side of life during the Blitz. Suschitzky’s keen eye for composition echoes the work of Brassaï and Henri Cartier-Bresson, incorporating unusual angles and perspectives in starkly contrasting black and white.
This is best seen in images such as Charing Cross Road (1937), where the fleeting motion of a woman’s form as she leaps across a street puddle is juxtaposed against the sharpness of myriad lights reflecting from the water beneath her, or in Hampstead Heath Fair (1935) in which the opaque shadow of two men on a fairground swing cuts a striking silhouette against an evening sky. It is Suschitsky’s masterful manipulation of light and shadow coupled with his innate talent for story telling which continues to give enduring popular appeal to his work.
Prices from £750 + VAT with prints produced in varying sizes. In addition to the images featured in the exhibition a wide selection of prints by Suschitzky are available to view and purchase on request.
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Notes for Editors
Print Sales’ Gallery
Print Sales has been an integral part of The Photographers' Gallery since its opening in 1971, supporting the public programme through sales of contemporary, modern, vintage, rare and limited edition fine art prints.
Our expert team offers advice and support to all levels of collectors, corporates and public institutions and present a series of unique selling exhibitions to deepen knowledge and engagement with our thirty-seven represented photographers including acclaimed artists Sebastião Salgado, Elliott Erwitt and Jacques Henri Lartigue as well as new talent such as Evgenia Arbugaeva, Julie Cockburn, Luke Stephenson and Tamas Deszo.
We also produce special Gallery Editions, capitalising on our relationships with world-renowned photographers, who donate often previously unavailable works for exclusive sale to support the Gallery.
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