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Kurt Hutton

Dan O'Connor at "The Silver Lady's Kitchen" (from "They had no Work")

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

25.7 x 18.8 cms (10.10 x 7.39 ins)

1938

HC 11772

Provenance

Literature

"They had no Work", Picture Post, 14 January 1939, vol 2. no. 2, pp.50-52 (illustrated)

The 14th January 1939 issue of Picture Post magazine included a feature on unemployment entitled "They Had No Work". For this article Kurt Hutton took a number of photographs at the Silver Lady's Kitchen in Trafalgar Square, London, where proprietor Betty Baxter (nicknamed 'The Silver Lady' for her donations of a silver sixpence to her many patrons) offered a free meal to the area's homeless.

This is one of a group of strikingly dramatic character studies of the people there, beautifully lit as though by candle or lamp-light. It was part of a featufre in Picture Post that gave a human face to poverty and unemployment.

In Picture Post this work is reproduced reverse as the far left image of a spread of four close-ups of me, presumabky as it worked better on the page to have him looking inwards. It is captioned with the subjects name and with some biographical information:

"Dan O'Connor. Born in Belfast in 1920, he came over on a excursion to Birmingham to try to get a labouring job, five months ago. He came up to London on the road, reckons he will have better luck in the new year. "At present," he says, "it seems I'm one of the two million too many. But I'll be a labourer soon."

Kurt Hutton

Dan O'Connor at "The Silver Lady's Kitchen" (from "They had no Work")

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

25.7 x 18.8 cms (10.10 x 7.39 ins)

1938

HC 11772

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