Some books grow on you. this is one of them.

I don’t recall where or how I first came across Wolf Suschitzky, but I do like those photographers who have documented life in the UK over the decades and Suschitzky is one such with a career stretching from the 1030’s into the 21st century. This book, Seven Decades of Photography, published in 2014 when Suschitzky was already 102 years old, collects a selection of images from his long career.

Quite apart from his photography the man himself is fascinating. Born in Vienna in 1912 to a Jewish atheist father who ran a bookshop and later a socialist publishing house. Originally wanting to study zoology, Suschitzky ended up studying photography influenced by his sister Edith, herself a photographer. Observing political developments in Austria in the 1930’s he concluded that Vienna was not a good place for a Jewish socialist and moved to London.

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