While making his reputation as London's leading society portrait photographer in the late Edwardian era, Hoppé regularly left his Kensington studio to make photographs of British street life. These pictures, poignant and funny at the same time, explored certain ideas about society, class, and human typology. Hoppé’s progressive, integrative vision of the English is an examination of a culture in transition. As fissures in the once-rigid class structure were tested by large-scale immigration turning Britain into a highly multicultural nation, Hoppé was making its collective portrait. Hoppé's photographs show Britain with one foot planted firmly in the past and another reaching toward the future.