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Felix Sussmann was seven years old in 1938 when his Czech-Jewish parents put him on a train "Kinder-transport" to England. He never saw them again as they were murdered by the Nazis in Auschwitz. He became apprenticed to an eccentric architect in Londonderry Northern Ireland and qualified in London.
England was where he became fascinated by the potential of photography, film (after discovering Eisenstein) and other creative arts. Professional film making was virtually impossible to break into as one needed a job to become a member of ACCT and one needed membership to apply for a job (catch 22!) so he joined the Creative Photo Group and produced outstanding work.(see his Album). His architectural expertise contributed enormously to the Group's success. His model.-making skills helped develop display stands which often involved working through the night to get the exhibitions open on time displayed to the highest standard.
Throughout Felix also made films which won him the prestigious film award shown on
BBC' Panorama titled 'All Change' and the Ten Best winner titled 'This Park is Beautiful' (in the BFI archive}.
Forced with the choice of an architectural career or hoping for an opening in films. He decided the latter was too risky.
Subsequently his successful architectural work was worldwide, in Burma, Nigeria, UAE and Britain. He married Barbara Stein and has two daughters and a granddaughter.
Felix is still filming and editing his family archive. At the age of 82 he is about to travel to
China to photograph there.
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