Germany 1878 – England 1972
- Movements: England from 1900, travels to New York 1921, visits Romania 1923, travels to Italy 1924, travels around Britain and Ireland 1925, travels across the North America 1926, visits Cuba, Jamaica and the West Indies 1926, travels to India and Ceylon 1929, travels to Australia, New Zealand 1930 and returns via Indonesia, Singapore and Malaya, travels to Africa, Bavaria, Poland and Czechoslovakia 1933-38
No title (mineshaft with towers above).
gelatin silver photograph 26.9 h x 21.2 w cm
Accession No: NGA 80.3189
Born in Munich, Hoppé moved to London in 1900 establishing a hugely successful career as a portrait photographer. In the mid to late 1920s he made regular visits to his home country, visiting manufacturing cities and recording an unprecedented build-up of industrial strength. He photographed major industrial manufacturing complexes including Siemens and Schuckert, the Graf Zeppelin factory, the Brunner Mond Chemical Works, aircraft factories in Hanover and Dessau and coal mines in the Ruhr. The images are eerily absent of any human presence or man appears small and insignificant next to massive machinery.
Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra 2010