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Thursday, May 5, 2011

The National Portrait Gallery presents Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio & Street

Since February the National Portrait Gallery (London, UK) is showing a retrospective of one of the most important photographers of the first half of the twentieth century: Emil Otto Hoppé.

Featuring 150 works, some of them previously unseen, the exhibition includes Hoppé’s strikingly modernist portraits of society figures and important personalities from the worlds of literature, politics and the arts, such as George Bernard Shaw, Margot Fonteyn, Albert Einstein, Vita Sackville-West and members of the royal family.

This is also the first exhibition to combine Hoppé’s extraordinary photographs of the famous with those he made outside the studio, in the street.

E.O. Hoppé (14 April 1878 – 9 December 1972) was born in Munich and resident in Britain from 1902, where he began photographing professionally in 1907.

The Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio & Street exhibition can be visited until 30 May 2011.

You can enter a free competition where you can win one night’s accommodation and breakfast for two people, a copy of the Hoppé Portraits catalogue (RRP £30) and a pair of tickets for our forthcoming photographic exhibition Glamour of the Gods: Hollywood Portraits (7 July - 23 October 2011).

Image above: Tilly Losch by E.O. Hoppé, 1928
(c) 2011 Curatorial Assistance, Inc./E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection

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