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Women in politics and photography

Tudor-Hart frontpage

On a recent trip to Berlin I happened to buy a couple of photo books. One was about Tina Modotti (1896-1942), whom I already knew vaguely, another about Edith Tudor-Hart (1908-1973) whom I frankly had never heard about before. The book was still wrapped in cellophane, so I could not take a look inside, but I decided to buy it based on the text on the back-cover alone.

Accidentally, Modotti and Tudor-Hart seem to have had a lot in common. They were both women, obviously, and not very far apart in age.  They both lived most of their lives in exile or as immigrants. And they were both very much involved in the political struggles of their time, as communists and antifascists.

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Fidels arv

Fidel Castro has resigned as political leader of Cuba. Following this, there has been much discussion in the media about his political legacy. More than 20 years ago, I took part in an international student’s congress in Havana. One day Fidel Castro showed up, and made one of his famous hour-long speeches. It was fascinating. … Read more