Thursday, March 12, 2015

Stunning Photographs of London from between the 1920s and 1930s by E. O. Hoppé

Emil Otto Hoppé (1878-1972) was one of the most important art and documentary photographers of the modern era. Born to a wealthy family in Munich, he moved to London in 1900 to train as a financier, but took up photography and rapidly achieved great success.

In the early 20th century, Hoppé began one of the most unique photographic documents of London where for over forty years he worked tirelessly to record London's transition from a 19th century city into a modern metropolis. Systematically chronicling the landmarks and architectural fabric that defined the city of London, Hoppé's work can be compared both in scale and modernistic approach to Eugene Atget’s photographs of Paris and Bernice Abbott’s of New York.

London Bridge, 1925

Westminster Abbey,1925

Knightsbridge, 1925

Winter Street Scene, 1925

Hyde Park, Lido, 1929

British Museum, 1929

Watchman, 1925

Devonshire House, 1928

Chinese Quarters, 1925

Chinatown, 1933

Cats Meat Seller, 1933

Types in Chinatown, 1933

Beer Poster, 1930

Modern Gasometer, 1929

Winter, Temple, 1929

Winter, Temple, 1929

Parliament, 1934

Advertisement, 1934

(All photos E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection, via

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