These beautiful and evocative photographs of London in 1953 were taken by the Dutch photographer Cas Oorthuys. He began his career as a press photographer for the social democratic weekly Wij (We) in 1936 but after the German invasion he tried to survive by taking portraits for the many forged identity cards needed at the time. In May 1944 he was arrested and sent to the Amersfoort concentration camp. He was released after only three months, and then, as far as the authorities were concerned, he disappeared.
In September 1944 Oorthuys joined the De Ondergedoken Camera, a group of Amsterdam photographers who clandestinely recorded life during the Occupation.The photographs Oorthuys took at this time are his best known.
After the war, perhaps not surprisingly, Oorthuys changed from an overtly political photographer to taking ‘human interest’ pictures.
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