E.O. Hoppé, Self Portrait, 1907

 


1878
Emil Otto Philipp Hoppé was born to Maria and Philipp Hoppé, in their apartment at Wuzerstrasse 15, Munich on Sunday 14 April.
1902
Moves to London, where he works in the Deutsche Bank and takes up photography as a hobby.
1903
Elected a member of the Royal Photographic Society.
1905
First two works selected for exhibition at the RPS Annual Salon (Memento Mori and Brunette).
Marries Marion Josephine Wilhelmina Bliersbach at Fulham Registry Office.
1906-07
Regular prize-winner and exhibitor at photographic exhibitions and awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society (FRPS).
1907
October. Opens his first studio at 10 Margravine Gardens, near Barons Court.
1908
Six works selected for display at RPS Salon include studies of friends and fellow photographers: A.H.Blake, Rudolf Duhrkoop and Furley Lewis and the dancer Maud Allan (A Study in Tones)
1909
With Sir Benjamin Stone, organizes Great Britain at the International Exhibition of Photography at Dresden.
1909-10
Co-founder of London Salon of Photograph, which succeeds the Linked Ring Salon. Hoppé exhibits four subject pictures and a portrait of Sara De Groote.
1910
April–May: first one-man exhibition, of seventy-two photographs, at Royal Photographic Society, RPS House, 55 Russell Square.
1911
Moves to larger studio at 59 Baker Street. Photographs leading members of the Diaghilev Ballet as well as Max Rhinehardt productions of The Miracle and Oedipus Rex.
1912
Birth of first child Frank Sidney Hoppé on 18 January.
1913
February: One-man exhibition at Goupil Gallery.
Takes on lease of 7 Cromwell Place, South Kensington which he re-names Millais House after its earlier occupant, Sir John Everett Millais.
1914
New art magazine, Colour, launched. Hoppé is art editor and contributes reviews, designs, and drawings.
1915
Birth of second child Muriel Marion Hoppé on 14 December.
1916
Launch of British Vogue in September includes photographs by Hoppé who contributes editorial and society photographs to early issues.
1917
Founder and committee member of The Plough Theatre Club whose other members include architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, photographer A.L. Coburn, painter Glyn Philpot and artist George Sheringham.
1918
Photographs literary subjects including Lytton Strachey, Ezra Pound, and Rebecca West as well as an extensive series of nude studies of Ruby Lorraine, "The Kirchner Girl."
1919
Photographs Ellen Terry as the Nurse in Romeo and Juliet and Russian dancer Lydia Lopokova.
1920
16 August: The New York Times announces the arrival of Hoppé in the USA on the Caronia and his intention to seek five “American beauties” to be included in forthcoming proposed Book of Fair Women.
1921
Takes portrait sittings in his New York studio on 57th Street including film stars Anna Q. Nilsson, Lilian Gish, Mary Miles Minter, Marion Davies, and artists Paul Manship and James Montgomery Flagg.
Holds first major US exhibition at the Wanamaker Gallery, New York.
December: Invited to Buckingham Palace to photograph George V.
1922
January: Major one-man show, of 221 exhibits, at Goupil Gallery (catalogue introduction by John Galsworthy).
June–July: International Theatre Exhibition at Victoria and Albert Museum. Hoppé on organising committee and contributes stage and costume designs.
1923
Visits Romania, as guest of Queen Marie and the Romanian royal family, to collect material for his first travel book, In Gipsy Camp and Royal Palace.
Photographic Masterpieces by E.O. Hoppé,
an exhibition of 189 of Hoppé’s photographs, staged by the Asahi Shimbun Company of Tokyo, in Ueno, Japan. The exhibition subsequently tours to Osaka and an exhibition catalogue is produced in 1927. Hoppé makes woodcuts of many of his famous literary portraits.
1924
Travels to Italy; photographs Mussolini in Rome for The Graphic.
Commissioned by J. Lyons & Co to photograph the first "Nippy" waitress.
Japanese photographic collection acquires 200 prints for a permanent exhibition.
At Millais House Hoppé gives first exhibition of Gluck paintings in the Dorien Leigh Galleries.
1925
Travels round Britain and Ireland photographing topography for for the Orbis Terrarum series, Picturesque Great Britain.
1926
Returns to America: takes portraits in New York, visits Hollywood. Spends time with Native American tribes. Visits Cuba, Jamaica and West Indies.
1927
May: Exhibition of Rural England photographs at Dover Gallery, London, to mark publication of Picturesque Great Britain.
Takes portrait sittings in Berlin and photographs for the Ufa Film Studios including studies of Fritz Lang and Brigitte Helm; undertakes topographical and industrial photography for book that becomes Deutsche Arbeit.
1929
Travels to India, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), Australia and New Zealand.
1930
Exhibition 79 Camera Pictures held at David Jones’ Department Store, Sydney.
1931-39
Travels to Indonesia, Bali, Africa, Bavaria, Poland and Czechoslovakia.
1935
Launch of Geographical Magazine to which Hoppé becomes contributor.
1937
Leaves Millais House, which is taken over as studio by ballet photographer Gordon Anthony and subsequently artist Francis Bacon.
1939
Returns to London at outbreak of war. Concentrates on Dorien Leigh photographic agency consisting of works by Hoppé and other photographers he represents such as Paul Wolff and Martin Munkasci who contribute pictures to magazines such as Lilliput, Picture Post and Weekly Illustrated.
1954
Exhibition A Half Century of Photography at Foyles Art Gallery, London, opened by James Laver (exhibition later shown at Lenbachhaus, Munich, and then toured by British Council in India and Far East).
1963
The Saturday Book, Volume 23, edited by John Hadfield, publishes Homage To Hoppé: 16 Photographs, a series of experimental images.
1968
Photographed and interviewed by John Hedgecoe for Queen magazine and exhibition at Kodak Gallery to mark Hoppé’s ninetieth birthday.
1972
Receives Royal Photographic Society Honorary Fellowship.
Dies on 9 December, aged ninety-four.
 

Text: Terence Pepper
, Curator of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery