E.O. Hoppé: The German Work, 1925-1937 (selections)
On view 01 February through 01 May 2015
Curated by Phillip Prodger
Between 1925 and 1938, photographer E.O. Hoppé traveled the length and breadth of Germany, recording people and places at one of the most tumultuous times in the country’s history. He photographed movie stars and captains of industry, workers and peasants. He captured the birth of the Autobahn, and UFA film studios in its heyday. He saw the rise of fascism, the creation of vast new suburbs, and the displacement of people from their traditional ways of life. With unprecedented access to the country’s world-famous factories and industrial installations, he witnessed Germany as few others could—barreling headlong into the unknown.
Moving, insightful, and deeply revealing, the full significance of Hoppé’s German work has been unknown until now. From factory floor to the commuters of Berlin and Munich, Hoppé’s photographs reveal the profound social and economic tensions that preceded the Second World War.