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