E. O. Hoppé: Early London Photographs
at Bruce Silverstein Gallery. "...Having relocated to London in 1900 at the age of 22, the Munich born photographer Emil Otto Hoppé became one of the founding photographers of the London Salon, and gained international acclaim for his portrait studies. Inspired by his adopted home, over the course of 35 years, Hoppé amassed one of the most unique photographic documents of London, capturing the British capital at a critical point in its history—transitioning from a 19th century city into a modern metropolis. Similar to Eugene Atget’s images of Paris and Berenice Abbott’s images of New York, Hoppé’s photographs artfully chronicle London’s landmarks, architecture, and inhabitants. In addition, Hoppe’s photographs, those of architecture in particular, reveal a truly ingenious break from academic and historical traditions, reflecting a modernist aesthetic and interpretation which was working its way through urban life in the form of graphics, motorcars and other technological advancements to the city’s infrastructure."
E. O. Hoppé: Early London