E. O. Hoppé

Emil Otto Hoppé ( born April 14, 1878 in Munich, † October 9, 1972 in London) was a photographer. His name is often abbreviated as " EO Hoppe ".

Emil Otto Hoppé was one of the most important portrait photographers of his time. However, he was also known for his landscape and architectural photography. His style assigns it to the pictorialism.

Curriculum vitae

Emil Otto Hoppé was born the son of a banking family in Munich. In 1900 he moved to London where he worked for the German bank. From 1903 he was an amateur photographer and joined the Royal Photographic Society in.

In 1905 he married Marion Bliersbach.

In 1907 he became a member of the Royal Photographic Society. From 1907 to 1911 he worked with EF Griffin as a portrait photographer in London. He hosted numerous exhibitions. In 1909 he represented Great Britain at the International Photography Exhibition in Dresden. The following year, 70 portrait photographs of Hoppé were shown at an exhibition of the Royal Photographic Society. These were the first exhibition that the Society devoted to a single photographer.

1911 Hoppé set up a photo studio in London's Baker Street. Just two years later moved to the studio in South Kensington.

From 1914 he contributed as an art editor for the new Art Magazine Color. In 1916, he photographed for the first British edition of Vogue magazine.

In 1921, he photographed at Buckingham Palace portraits of King George V and Queen Mary, which found as postcards and posters worldwide distribution. For this purpose he used a Leica with relatively long exposure times. He also traveled to New York to photograph the city and take portraits.

In the following years he made ​​numerous trips to gather material for book publications. In 1923 he visited Romania as a guest Queen Mary and to the Romanian royal family. A stay in a gypsy camp was part of this journey. Hoppé photographed in 1925 in the UK and Ireland landscapes for the book series Orbis Terrarum. In 1926 he traveled to North America, Cuba, Jamaica and the British West Indies to capture subjects for the book Romantic America. 1928 Hoppé traveled to Germany and found motifs for two books that were published in the next few years in Germany. In the period from 1933 to 1938, he traveled to Africa, Bavaria, Poland and Czechoslovakia. In 1939 he returned to London. Where he led the Dorien Leigh Photographic Agency.

In 1954 the exhibition A Half Century of Photography was opened in London's Foyles Art Gallery, which should also be seen in his native Munich in Lenbachhaus and in the Far East later. Took place in 1968 another retrospective exhibition at London's Kodak Gallery on the occasion of his 90th birthday.

On October 9, 1972 Hoppé died at the age of 94 years in London.


Collections consist in:

  • National Portrait Gallery, London
  • Victoria and Albert Museum, London
  • Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris
  • National Museum of Photography Film and Television, Bradford
  • New York Public Library
  • National Gallery of Australia, Canberra

Works (selection)

  • Romance of the town: A journey of discovery through the old Germany, translated by Else Baroness workman; F. Brinkmann, Munich 1929
  • German work. Pictures of the re- emergence of Germany, foreword by Bruno H. Bürgel; Ullsteinhaus AG, Berlin 1930