Between 1925 and 1938 Hoppé took frequent trips to Germany. The images he made there are among the most powerful industrial photographs ever made. Deeply affected by the country’s industrial buildup, he created a body of work with unprecedented psychological charge, examining the country’s burgeoning manufacturing base and the people who shaped it. Ever mindful of the militarism inherent in the enterprise and impressed by the sociological implications of working in mechanized landscapes, these pictures convey a broad, philosophical discomfort with the relationship between man and machine.
Menschen, Dinge, Menschenwerk, 1925-1929 (People, Objects, Men at Work, 1925-1929), Berlinische Galerie, Berlin, October 15, 2010 - February 28, 2011
Views of Hamburg: The City in the Painter’s Gaze, Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg, October 09, 2009 - February 14, 2010
E.O. Hoppé: The German Photographs, 1925–1938, essay by Phillip Prodger (Steidl, 2013)
E.O. Hoppé: Deutsche Arbeit, republication on the classic 1930 Hoppé book (Steidl, 2013)