In his youth E.O. Hoppé studied painting and drawing in Paris and Vienna in the traditional style of the time. By his early twenties he had discovered the potentials of the new photographic art, and the traditional genres of portrait, still life and landscape became new frontiers for him to explore. His earliest landscapes were made to hang on the walls of the Royal Photographic Society salons in London, where he had become a member. In 1918 he left the studio to travel to Romania to illustrate his first book, and the landscape returned to his view. Then from the mid-1920s to the 1930s Hoppé became the inveterate traveler while making a series of photobooks documenting entire countries. When outside of the cities he would make views that not only give us a particular sense of place but, constructed with an Modernist eye, give us a new way of looking at the landsape.