London, 8 February 2010 – 52 years after her first exhibition in the „Austrian Institute“ in 1958, the Austrian Cultural Forum in London opened a photo exhibition of the Austrian photographer Gerti Deutsch (1908 – 1979) on 3 February 2010. The artist emigrated to London in 1938, where she became acquainted with many German and Austrian artists like Oskar Kokoschka, Otto Goldfinger, Milein Cosman Keller, Anna Mahler, and Ernst Gombrich. Through her marriage with journalist and publisher of the Picture Post magazine, Tom Hopkinson, she had the opportunity to meet British authors like A. Huxley, W.H. Auden, J.B. Priestley, John Cowper Powys, and Stephen Spender, whom she later photographed.
The exhibition "Between Vienna and London" at the Austrian Cultural Forum in London (curated by her two daughters Amanda Hopkinson and Nicolette Roeske) shows artist portraits from Vienna and the Salzburg Festival, and groundbreaking reportages commissioned by Picture Post: the arrival of the first Jewish refugee children in a children transport to Great Britain; the day-to-day life of a British foreign correspondent in 1948; the returnees from the so-called Eastern Front in post-war Vienna.
From her young years as a portrait photographer to her time as a freelancer for the legendary Picture Post magazine, Gerti Deutsch was one of the first women to acquire renown as photographers in the turbulent 1930s and 1940s, and her works from this period are of great artistic and historical value.
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