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Wolf Suschitzky: Charing Cross Road in the 1930s

O'Neill, Alistair (2004) Wolf Suschitzky: Charing Cross Road in the 1930s. [Show/Exhibition]

Type of Research: Show/Exhibition
Creators: O'Neill, Alistair

I curated this exhibition as part of the project 'Fashion & Modernity'. It was one of a series of events and exhibitions on the Charing Cross Road that acted as an enquiry into the construction of the present, fashioned from an excavation of the past.

My exhibition reconsidered the Viennese émigré photographer Wolf Suschitzky’s images of life on the Charing Cross Road in the 1930s, and analysed them through the perspective of fashion as a social agent of metropolitan change. It included over sixty photographs including some vintage prints which it paired with a number of explanatory wall texts including an essay by the late historian Raphael Samuel.

Working in close consultation with the photographer, I also selected a number of photographs for exhibition that had never before been printed or exhibited. The exhibition thereby enabled a re-evaluation of this photographer’s work at a late period in his life (he is in his 90s).

Furthermore, the new photographic evidence suggested that trade on the Charing Cross road in the 1930s was as much about clothing as it was about bookselling. The project thus made a contribution to social history, as well as to the histories of fashion, retailing, London and photography itself.

Other Contributors:
Other (Historian)Samuel, Raphael
Additional Information (Publicly available):

Alistair O'Neill

Research Interests

Visual Culture
Twentieth Century

Current Research

My research as a writer and as a curator deals with the representation of metropolitan fashion cultures, the role of the archive and the medium of photography. London- after a fashion (Reaktion Books, 2007) is my first publication which considers the relationship between fashion and modernity in twentieth century London. I also have an interest in men's clothing, so I am working on a book concerning the career of Savile Row tailor Tommy Nutter as a form of cultural biography informed by oral history, dress history and collecting.

Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > London College of Fashion
Research Centres No Longer Active > Fashion, The Body And Material Cultures Research Centre (FBMC)
Date: 28 September 2004
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council
Related Websites: http://www.wolfsuschitzkyphotos.com/gallery_195922.html
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Event Location: Elms Lester Painting Rooms, London
Locations / Venues:
LocationFrom DateTo Date
Elms Lester Painting Rooms, London.2004
Date Deposited: 03 Dec 2009 21:34
Last Modified: 11 Aug 2014 10:54
Item ID: 1681
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/1681

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