E. O. Hoppé

Amerika
April 5 - May 12, 2007
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"L" at Third Avenue, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches"L" at Third Avenue, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

"L" at Third Avenue, 1921
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921
3 1/2 x 4 1/2 inches

In the West Street District, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inchesIn the West Street District, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

In the West Street District, 1921
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

From the Shelton Hotel, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 4 x 3 inchesFrom the Shelton Hotel, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 4 x 3 inches

From the Shelton Hotel, 1921
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921
4 x 3 inches

A View of Fifth Avenue from a Hotel Window, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 7 x 5 3/4 inchesA View of Fifth Avenue from a Hotel Window, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 7 x 5 3/4 inches

A View of Fifth Avenue from a Hotel Window, 1921
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921
7 x 5 3/4 inches

View of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 4 x 3 inchesView of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 4 x 3 inches

View of Manhattan from the Brooklyn Bridge, 1921
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921
4 x 3 inches

"L" Train, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 4 x 3 inches"L" Train, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 4 x 3 inches

"L" Train, 1921
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921
4 x 3 inches

Span of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inchesSpan of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Span of the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City, 1921
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921
4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Times Square, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inchesTimes Square, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Times Square, 1921
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

William Street, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 inchesWilliam Street, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 9 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

William Street, 1921
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921
9 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches

Election Signs, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 x 3 inchesElection Signs, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 x 3 inches

Election Signs, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
4 x 3 inches

Bridge and Carriage Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 3 1/2 x 4 inchesBridge and Carriage Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 3 1/2 x 4 inches

Bridge and Carriage Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
3 1/2 x 4 inches

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 3/4 x 3 inchesPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 3/4 x 3 inches

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
4 3/4 x 3 inches

Hollywood at Night, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 x 2 3/4 inchesHollywood at Night, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 x 2 3/4 inches

Hollywood at Night, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
4 x 2 3/4 inches

Edison Wireless, Electrical Pylons, Los Angeles, CA, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 x 8 inchesEdison Wireless, Electrical Pylons, Los Angeles, CA, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 x 8 inches

Edison Wireless, Electrical Pylons, Los Angeles, CA, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
6 x 8 inches

Gas Station, 'The Girl Behind the Pump', Los Angeles, CA, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 x 9 inchesGas Station, 'The Girl Behind the Pump', Los Angeles, CA, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 x 9 inches

Gas Station, 'The Girl Behind the Pump', Los Angeles, CA, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
7 x 9 inches

Auto Shop, Los Angeles, CA, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 5 3/4 x 8 inchesAuto Shop, Los Angeles, CA, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 5 3/4 x 8 inches

Auto Shop, Los Angeles, CA, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
5 3/4 x 8 inches

Hotel Torino, Los Angeles, CA, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 3 x 4 inchesHotel Torino, Los Angeles, CA, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 3 x 4 inches

Hotel Torino, Los Angeles, CA, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
3 x 4 inches

Ford Factory, Detroit, MI, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 x 3 inchesFord Factory, Detroit, MI, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 x 3 inches

Ford Factory, Detroit, MI, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
4 x 3 inches

La Salle Street, Chicago, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 inchesLa Salle Street, Chicago, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches

La Salle Street, Chicago, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
4 1/4 x 2 1/2 inches

La Salle Street, Chicago, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 1/2 x 3 inchesLa Salle Street, Chicago, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 1/2 x 3 inches

La Salle Street, Chicago, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
4 1/2 x 3 inches

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inchesHalf Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches

Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, CA, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches

Atlantic City, NJ, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 x 9 1/2 inchesAtlantic City, NJ, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 x 9 1/2 inches

Atlantic City, NJ, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926

7 x 9 1/2 inches

Middletown in the Snow, Connecticut, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 9 1/4 x 7 1/4 inchesMiddletown in the Snow, Connecticut, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 9 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches

Middletown in the Snow, Connecticut, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
9 1/4 x 7 1/4 inches

Sun Patterns on Cobblestones, New York City, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inchesSun Patterns on Cobblestones, New York City, 1921 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

Sun Patterns on Cobblestones, New York City, 1921
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1921
9 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches

New York City, Wall Street on Armistice Day, 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inchesNew York City, Wall Street on Armistice Day, 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925 11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches

New York City, Wall Street on Armistice Day, 1925
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925
11 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches

East River, New York City, 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925 8 1/2 x 8 inchesEast River, New York City, 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925 8 1/2 x 8 inches

East River, New York City, 1925
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925
8 1/2 x 8 inches

Construction of Lincoln Liberty Building, Philadelphia, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 5 3/4 x 8 inchesConstruction of Lincoln Liberty Building, Philadelphia, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 5 3/4 x 8 inches

Construction of Lincoln Liberty Building, Philadelphia, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
5 3/4 x 8 inches

Philadelphia, 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inchesPhiladelphia, 1925 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Philadelphia, 1925
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1925
6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches

Bridge and Ferry, Philadelphia, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 1/4 x 5 3/4 inchesBridge and Ferry, Philadelphia, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches

Bridge and Ferry, Philadelphia, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
7 1/4 x 5 3/4 inches

The Capitol, Washington D.C., 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 x 3 1/4 inchesThe Capitol, Washington D.C., 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 x 3 1/4 inches

The Capitol, Washington D.C., 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
4 x 3 1/4 inches

Columns, Washington D.C., 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inchesColumns, Washington D.C., 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

Columns, Washington D.C., 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

Key West, Florida, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inchesKey West, Florida, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Key West, Florida, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
4 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches

Delaware Bridge, Wilmington, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inchesDelaware Bridge, Wilmington, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Delaware Bridge, Wilmington, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches

Delaware Bridge, Wilmington, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inchesDelaware Bridge, Wilmington, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches

Delaware Bridge, Wilmington, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
4 1/2 x 3 1/4 inches

Steel Construction, Philadelphia, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inchesSteel Construction, Philadelphia, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches

Steel Construction, Philadelphia, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
9 1/4 x 6 1/2 inches

R. R. Station, Boston, Massachussetts, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 x 9 inchesR. R. Station, Boston, Massachussetts, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 x 9 inches

R. R. Station, Boston, Massachussetts, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
7 x 9 inches

Buffalo, New York State, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 x 9 inchesBuffalo, New York State, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 x 9 inches

Buffalo, New York State, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
7 x 9 inches

Ford Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 3 x 4 inchesFord Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 3 x 4 inches

Ford Factory, Detroit, Michigan, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
3 x 4 inches

Chinatown, San Francisco, California, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inchesChinatown, San Francisco, California, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches

Chinatown, San Francisco, California, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
9 3/4 x 6 1/2 inches

Grand Canyon, Sunlight Patterns, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 inchesGrand Canyon, Sunlight Patterns, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 9 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches

Grand Canyon, Sunlight Patterns, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
9 3/4 x 6 3/4 inches

Lumber Yard, Seattle, Washington, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inchesLumber Yard, Seattle, Washington, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches

Lumber Yard, Seattle, Washington, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
9 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches

Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 3/4 x 9 inchesMichigan Avenue, Chicago, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 3/4 x 9 inches

Michigan Avenue, Chicago, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926

6 3/4 x 9 inches

Field Natural History Museum, Chicago, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 8 x 6 inchesField Natural History Museum, Chicago, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 8 x 6 inches

Field Natural History Museum, Chicago, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
8 x 6 inches

Stockyards, Chicago, Illinois, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inchesStockyards, Chicago, Illinois, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

Stockyards, Chicago, Illinois, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
6 1/2 x 8 1/2 inches

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 x 9 1/2 inchesPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 x 9 1/2 inches

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
7 x 9 1/2 inches

Savannah, Georgia, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 x 9 1/2 inchesSavannah, Georgia, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 7 x 9 1/2 inches

Savannah, Georgia, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
7 x 9 1/2 inches

Wooden Joker Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inchesWooden Joker Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches

Wooden Joker Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
6 1/2 x 3 3/4 inches

Wooden Figure Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 x 4 inchesWooden Figure Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 x 4 inches

Wooden Figure Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
6 x 4 inches

Wooden Figure Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 x 4 1/4 inchesWooden Figure Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 x 4 1/4 inches

Wooden Figure Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
6 x 4 1/4 inches

Wooden Figure Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 x 4 1/4 inchesWooden Figure Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 x 4 1/4 inches

Wooden Figure Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
6 x 4 1/4 inches

Wooden Figure Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 x 4 1/2 inchesWooden Figure Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 6 x 4 1/2 inches

Wooden Figure Outside Tobacco Shop, New York City, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
6 x 4 1/2 inches

Enclosed Presbyterian Church, Derry Pennsylvania, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 10 x 7 1/2 inchesEnclosed Presbyterian Church, Derry Pennsylvania, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 10 x 7 1/2 inches

Enclosed Presbyterian Church, Derry Pennsylvania, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
10 x 7 1/2 inches

Signal Hill, Los Angeles, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 5 3/8 x 7 1/2 inchesSignal Hill, Los Angeles, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 5 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches

Signal Hill, Los Angeles, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
5 3/8 x 7 1/2 inches

Richmond, Virginia, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 x 2 7/8 inchesRichmond, Virginia, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 x 2 7/8 inches

Richmond, Virginia, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
4 x 2 7/8 inches

Municipal Building, Miami, Florida, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 1/2 x 3 inchesMunicipal Building, Miami, Florida, 1926 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926 4 1/2 x 3 inches

Municipal Building, Miami, Florida, 1926
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1926
4 1/2 x 3 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce E. O. Hoppé’s Amerika, an exhibition of rare and previously unknown vintage photographs taken by the German-born British photographer during his travels around the United States in the 1920s. This groundbreaking exhibition, the first in the United States of the photographer’s work in over 80 years, places the newly rediscovered photographer squarely at the origins of Modernist photography, and provides evidence of his influence on such notable American artists as Walker Evans, Charles Sheeler, Edward Weston and Ansel Adams.

 

At the time of his arrival in America in 1919, months after the First World War ended, Emil Otto Hoppé (1878 – 1972) was arguably the most famous photographer in the world. Countless celebrities visited his studios in London, including royalty, literary figures, dancers, and film stars. Lured to New York to set up a satellite studio, Hoppé quickly fell in love with the people and places of the United States. He began by photographing homeless men in the Bowery, and continued by taking breathtaking views of architectural landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge and Grand Central Station. When the publisher Orbis Terrarum commissioned him to photograph the entire United States, he eagerly accepted, criss-crossing the country by car and rail. He spent nearly five years photographing all over America, from New Hampshire to the Florida Keys, and from Seattle to San Diego.

 

Hoppé’s monumental survey anticipated similar efforts by members of the Farm Security Administration (FSA) during the years 1935-1943. The FSA included famed photographers Dorothea Lange, Arthur Rothstein, Ben Shahn and Marion Post Wolcott. Above all, Hoppé’s project foreshadowed the extraordinary, lyrical photographs of maverick FSA photographer Walker Evans (1903-70), whose 1938 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, American Photographs, with its accompanying catalogue, constitutes one of the undisputed landmarks in photographic history.

 

Just like Walker Evans and Robert Frank after him, Hoppé’s goal was to capture the character of the American people and their circumstances. He found little interest in tourist views, preferring to focus on the realities of day-to-day life in the country, its triumphs, its failings, and the contradictions engendered in its people. He found interest in unobvious places. So, at the same time he photographed spectacular places such as the Ford Factory in Detroit and the Grand Canyon, he also found meaning in the pleasing pattern of bolts and girders on buildings under construction, the irony of advertising posters, or the geometry of stones on a rocky trail. Hoppé was especially interested in the consequences of rapid economic growth. A major theme of his photography was the potential for alienation and isolation in the face of industrial progress.

 

In the course of his work, Hoppé crossed swords with the doyen of American Modernism, Alfred Stieglitz. But he also won prominent converts, such as Gertrude Käsebier and Alvin Langdon Coburn. The full extent of Hoppé’s influence on American photography may never be fully understood. This exhibition, and the accompanying catalogue written by critically acclaimed art historian Phillip Prodger, attempt to redress the oversight of one of photography’s pivotal figures.

 

A new book of the same title published by W. W. Norton will accompany the exhibition.