UNVEILING A SECRET
PHOTOGRAPHS OF INDUSTRIES, 1912-1937
Construction of the ‘Graf Zeppelin Zeppelin, Werke 1928
Emil Otto Hoppé: Unveiling a Secret: Photographs of Industries, 1912-1937
Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur April 6 – July 30, 2017
Curated by Urs Stahel, Founder and former Director of Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland.
In the twenties and thirties, German-born, British photographer E.O. Hoppé set out to depict the romance of global industrial might. Traveling throughout Germany, Britain, the United States, India, and Australia, among other countries, he photographed the brave new technological landscape of industry, seeing its gargantuan machines as both technology and art. This exhibition presents for the first time Hoppé’s iconic industrial images of the modern era, a subject he approached with formal idealism only to discover a darker landscape within: the preparation of machines and weapons that were part of the technology used in the Second World War.