This has to be the year of spectacular art, fashion and photography exhibitions. I have a running list of those I want to write about (not to mention, actually see!) but can’t seem to keep up with them all. You will see the inspiration slowly spill onto these virtual pages over the coming weeks and months.
One that I am sad to miss, being on the wrong side of the pond this close to its closing, is Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio and Street at the National Portrait Gallery in London.
Emil Otto Hoppé – one of the most important photographers of the first half of the twentieth century – took pictures of noted figures from the literary, political, artistic and aristocratic worlds.
However, what I love more are his images of Brits going about the business of everyday Edwardian life.
1. Ruth St. Denis, dancer, USA, 1922 by E.O. Hoppé.
2. Reflections on Wet Pavement, probably London, 1923 by E.O. Hoppé.
3. Vera Fokina, Ballerina, 1920 by E.O. Hoppé.
4. Mona Maris, UFA Film actress, Berlin, 1929 by E.O. Hoppé.
5. Woman in mink stole shopping in Oxford Street, London, 1934 by E.O. Hoppé.
6. Film-maker Fritz Lang, 1929 by E.O. Hoppé.
7. Duke and Duchess of York, later King George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother by E.O. Hoppé.
8. Ezra Pound, 1918 by E.O. Hoppé.
9. Rendezvous at the London Stock Exchange, 1937 by E. O. Hoppé.
10. Savoy Hotel waiters feeding birds, London by E. O. Hoppé.
11. London by E. O. Hoppé.
12. Hebe (Constance Vessellier), 1917 by E. O. Hoppé.
13. Anna Pavlova, Indischer Tanz, 1920s, by E.O. Hoppe on exshoesme.com.
14. Sandwich board man advertising Shafi Hindustan Restaurant, 18 Gerrard Street, London by E.O. Hoppé.
15. Man reading at lunch time, Hyde Park, London, 1934 by E. O. Hoppé.
16. E.O. Hoppé, 1969 by Cecil Beaton.
He captured a London in transition, between tradition and modernity.
If you are in Londontown, hop on over to the Hoppé ex before it closes on May 30th.
17. The Houses of Parliament, view from Victoria Tower, London, 1934 by E.O. Hoppé.
Images: 1, 4, 5, 6, 9, 13, 15, 17. EOHoppe.com. 2. Life Magazine; 3. Corbis; 7, 8, 10, 12, 14. E. O. Hoppé Estate Collection Curatorial Assistance Inc.; 11. artinfo.com; 16. Cecil Beaton Studio Archive, Sotheby’s London.