High society and low life: celebrities and social types in the portrait photography of E.O. Hoppé

Stokoe, Brian (2008) High society and low life: celebrities and social types in the portrait photography of E.O. Hoppé. Visual Culture in Britain, 9 (2). pp. 21-41. ISSN 1471-4787

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Abstract

This paper examines the early photographic work of Emil Otto Hoppé (1878-1972) and analyses his importance as a society portraitist. In 1913 Hoppé established a studio at Millais House where he photographed major figures from the world of drama and dance, including Diaghilev's Ballet Russe. His celebrity portraits appeared regularly in The Tatler and The Sketch, and he also contributed numerous literary portraits to The Bookman, where his sitters included George Bernard Shaw, Henry James and Thomas Hardy. Later he inverted his social hierarchy to portray London's working classes, producing some important typological portraits. This essay considers the distinctive character of Hoppé's early work and demonstrates how he systematically created an exclusive form of celebrity portraiture; one clearly dissociated from its more everyday counterparts and from any connection with 'trade'.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: V300 History by topic
W600 Cinematics and Photography
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Media & Communication Design
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 24 May 2010 14:34
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/706

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