Julia Winckler reviews his life and work of photographer and doctor of letters.
The long life and work of the extraordinary documentary photographer, cameraman, and humanist, Wolf Suschitzky (born 1912, Vienna) who has died at the age of 104 on 7 October, touches upon key historic moments and major photographic and cinematographic developments across the 20th century. Wolf’s distinguished career began in the 1930s when he came to Britain after escaping Nazi persecution. His sister, Edith Tudor-Hart, also a distinguised photographer and big influence on Wolf, had already emigrated here. Major recent retrospectives of Wolf's work include the solo exhibition An exile's eye: The photography of Wolfgang Suschitzky at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh, 2002 and Wolf Suschitzky: Seven Decades of Photography at the Austrian Cultural Forum, London, 2014. His work has also been included in prestigious group exhibitions at Tate Britain: How we are: Photographing Britainin 2007, and Another London: International Photographers capture city life 1930-1980 in 2012. The same year, he was honoured for his contributions to working in film with a BAFTA lifetime achievement award. In July 2014, at the age of nearly 102, Wolf received his first honorary doctorate of arts, from the University of Brighton, and attended with his partner Heather Anthony, his daughter Julia and son Misha. The award gave him great pleasure.