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Kurt Hutton

Joe at "The Silver Lady's Kitchen" (from "They had no Work")

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

25.3 x 18.9 cms (9.94 x 7.43 ins)

1938

HC 11774

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:

"Joe was in the Dockyard. "Joe" (he didn't seem to care about his other name) worked in the dockyard in Cardiff. He left there nine months ago; came to London. He had three and a half years in France."

Kurt Hutton

Joe at "The Silver Lady's Kitchen" (from "They had no Work")

Vintage Gelatin Silver Print

25.3 x 18.9 cms (9.94 x 7.43 ins)

1938

HC 11774

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