George Orwell: A life in Pictures

Written by The BBC

Artistic expression has an undisputed place in contemporary social activism.  Understood in the broadest sense to include music and street theatre as well as all forms of visual representation. There is a long, perhaps even ancient history of wall writing and what we would today call street art and graffiti used as means to express discontent and catch public attention.
George Orwell was successful in his attempt to make political writing an art; his famous satires on totalitarianism; his search for objectivity and honesty in journalism. “What was unique about Orwell was that he hated fascism, but also stood apart from the official Stalinist-dominated left of his time."  Mick Hume