Hoppé was a tree man. While his earliest years were spent largely making studio portraits of beautiful and famous people, he regularly left the studio in the 1920s and 30s to illustrate numerous photo-books largely with topographic views made in foreign countries. The trees he found in both rural and urban settings were subjects that he presented as individual dwellers in a particular landscape. Hoppé’s trees often seemed to have been selected by him in much the same way as his human subjects, with an eye to their distinct character and as lovingly observed. Indeed it helps us see these subjects more clearly if we think of them as Hoppé’s portraits of trees.