E. O. Hoppé

Early London Photographs
March 10 - April 25, 2009
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Oxford Street, London, c. 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesOxford Street, London, c. 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Oxford Street, London, c. 1929
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929
3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Woman Exiting Piccadilly Underground Station, London, c. 1939 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939 6 x 3 3/4 inchesWoman Exiting Piccadilly Underground Station, London, c. 1939 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939 6 x 3 3/4 inches

Woman Exiting Piccadilly Underground Station, London, c. 1939
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1939

6 x 3 3/4 inches

Two Men on Throgmorton Street, London, c. 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929 4 x 5 1/2 inchesTwo Men on Throgmorton Street, London, c. 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929 4 x 5 1/2 inches

Two Men on Throgmorton Street, London, c. 1929
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929
4 x 5 1/2 inches

Rendez Vous at the London Stock Exchange, c. 1937 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1937 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inchesRendez Vous at the London Stock Exchange, c. 1937 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1937 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

Rendez Vous at the London Stock Exchange, c. 1937
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1937
4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches

Down and Out, London, c. 1935 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1935 6 1/2 x 4 inchesDown and Out, London, c. 1935 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1935 6 1/2 x 4 inches

Down and Out, London, c. 1935
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1935
6 1/2 x 4 inches

Street Performer, London, c. 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inchesStreet Performer, London, c. 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933 3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches

Street Performer, London, c. 1933
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933
3 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches

Dog and Monkey Seller, London, c. 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933 4 x 3 inchesDog and Monkey Seller, London, c. 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933 4 x 3 inches

Dog and Monkey Seller, London, c. 1933
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933

4 x 3 inches

Orator, Hyde Park, London, c. 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933 3 x 2 1/2 inchesOrator, Hyde Park, London, c. 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933 3 x 2 1/2 inches

Orator, Hyde Park, London, c. 1933
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933
3 x 2 1/2 inches

London Amusements, c. 1935 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1935 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 inchesLondon Amusements, c. 1935 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1935 3 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches

London Amusements, c. 1935
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1935
3 3/4 x 4 1/2 inches

The Alhambra at Night, London, c. 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesThe Alhambra at Night, London, c. 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

The Alhambra at Night, London, c. 1925
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925
3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Traffic Policeman at Hyde Park Corner, London, c. 1918 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1918 2 x 3 1/4 inchesTraffic Policeman at Hyde Park Corner, London, c. 1918 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1918 2 x 3 1/4 inches

Traffic Policeman at Hyde Park Corner, London, c. 1918
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1918
2 x 3 1/4 inches

Children Bathing in the Serpentine, London, c. 1910 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1910 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inchesChildren Bathing in the Serpentine, London, c. 1910 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1910 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Children Bathing in the Serpentine, London, c. 1910
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1910
3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Bridge with People and Birds, London, c. 1910 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1910 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inchesBridge with People and Birds, London, c. 1910 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1910 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Bridge with People and Birds, London, c. 1910
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1910
3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

Commercial Road, Whitechapel, London, c. 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933 6 1/2 x 4 3/4 inchesCommercial Road, Whitechapel, London, c. 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933 6 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches

Commercial Road, Whitechapel, London, c. 1933
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933

6 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches

Fulham Gasworks, London, c. 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inchesFulham Gasworks, London, c. 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929 4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches

Fulham Gasworks, London, c. 1929
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929
4 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches

Hyde Park Hotel, London, c. 1938 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1938 6 1/2 x 7 3/4 inchesHyde Park Hotel, London, c. 1938 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1938 6 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches

Hyde Park Hotel, London, c. 1938
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1938
6 1/2 x 7 3/4 inches

Porter's Rest, Piccadilly, London, c. 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925 5 3/4 x7 3/4 inchesPorter's Rest, Piccadilly, London, c. 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925 5 3/4 x7 3/4 inches

Porter's Rest, Piccadilly, London, c. 1925
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925
5 3/4 x7 3/4 inches

Mayfair Demolition, Carrington House, London, c. 1928 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1928 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inchesMayfair Demolition, Carrington House, London, c. 1928 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1928 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches

Mayfair Demolition, Carrington House, London, c. 1928
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1928
9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches

St. Paul's Cathedral from Bankside, London, c. 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925 4 x 2 3/4 inchesSt. Paul's Cathedral from Bankside, London, c. 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925 4 x 2 3/4 inches

St. Paul's Cathedral from Bankside, London, c. 1925
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925
4 x 2 3/4 inches

Mr. Eier, Dutch Eel Boats, London, c. 1934 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1934 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesMr. Eier, Dutch Eel Boats, London, c. 1934 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1934 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Mr. Eier, Dutch Eel Boats, London, c. 1934
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1934
3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Coal Barges on the River Thames, London, c. 1934 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1934 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 inchesCoal Barges on the River Thames, London, c. 1934 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1934 3 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches

Coal Barges on the River Thames, London, c. 1934
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1934
3 1/4 x 4 1/2 inches

Southwark Bridge, c. 1910 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1910 6 3/4 x 9 inchesSouthwark Bridge, c. 1910 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1910 6 3/4 x 9 inches

Southwark Bridge, c. 1910
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1910
6 3/4 x 9 inches

Cannon Street Station, London, c. 1916 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1916 6 x 4 1/4 inchesCannon Street Station, London, c. 1916 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1916 6 x 4 1/4 inches

Cannon Street Station, London, c. 1916
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1916
6 x 4 1/4 inches

Types, Docklands, London, c. 1934 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1934 3 x 4 inchesTypes, Docklands, London, c. 1934 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1934 3 x 4 inches

Types, Docklands, London, c. 1934
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1934
3 x 4 inches

Cranes, London Docks, c. 1910 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1910 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inchesCranes, London Docks, c. 1910 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1910 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Cranes, London Docks, c. 1910
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1910
4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Boating in Regent's Park, London, c. 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 inchesBoating in Regent's Park, London, c. 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929 7 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Boating in Regent's Park, London, c. 1929
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929
7 1/2 x 6 1/2 inches

Green Park in the Snow, London, c. 1927 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1927 5 3/4 x 7 3/4 inchesGreen Park in the Snow, London, c. 1927 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1927 5 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches

Green Park in the Snow, London, c. 1927
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1927
5 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches

Winter Scene, Temple, London, c. 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929 8 3/4 x 7 3/4 inchesWinter Scene, Temple, London, c. 1929 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929 8 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches

Winter Scene, Temple, London, c. 1929
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1929
8 3/4 x 7 3/4 inches

Clifford's Inn, London, c. 1918 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1918 6 x 7 3/4 inchesClifford's Inn, London, c. 1918 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1918 6 x 7 3/4 inches

Clifford's Inn, London, c. 1918
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1918
6 x 7 3/4 inches

Tower Bridge at Night, c. 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933 6 3/4 x 8 3/4 inchesTower Bridge at Night, c. 1933 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933 6 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches

Tower Bridge at Night, c. 1933
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1933
6 3/4 x 8 3/4 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce Emil Otto Hoppé: Early London Photographs (1910-1939). This body of work is one of the most unique photographic documents of London. Over 35 years the German-born British photographer captured the city at a critical point in its transition from a 19th Century city into a modern metropolis.

 

Working systematically in order to build a collection for publication, Hoppé chronicled the landmarks and architectural fabric that defined the city of London. His work can be compared to Eugene Atget’s photographs of Paris, and Bernice Abbott’s of New York both in scale and modernistic approach. He recorded the break with academic and historical traditions in architecture, and the post World War I modernity creeping into the city in the form of graphics, motorcars and in the lifestyles of its inhabitants. By using the camera to compose scenes with sharp angles or by using layered or compressed space, recognizable topography was shown in new ways. These photographs not only show Hoppé as one of Britain’s pioneering modernists, but also that London contained the same visual cues that inspired the early photo-modernists views of New York by his contemporaries, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand and Alfred Steiglitz, suggesting that another parallel history of photography remains untold.

 

Another significance of this previously unseen series of Hoppé’s work lies not only in the gap it bridges in the photographic history of London, but also in Hoppé’s influence in validating photography as an artistic medium to his British contemporaries. For many, his work questioned the perception of photography as an anonymous record of reality and began to reconcile this with the other perception of the medium as a self-conscious artistic construct. His strength was the synthesis of documentation and lyricism in his photography, marrying personal perception with objective fact.

 

Born in Germany in 1878, Hoppé was of English citizenship and actively worked from 1905 – 1945. He was the prototypical celebrity photographer, photographing the most famous of the time, and by 1913 his photographic operations occupied the 33-room Kensington House of the late Sir John Everett Millais. His work was widely exhibited in his lifetime and is held in collections at the National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London amongst others. His work fell into obscurity after his retirement in1945, locked into archives at the Mansell Collection London’s oldest picture library known only to a few photography scholars, curators and a handful of collectors.  This is the first opportunity to view and purchase these unique vintage London prints by Hoppé whom fellow photographer, Cecil Beaton, referred to simply as: The Master.