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Church of Princess Bibescal, Mogosaia, Near Bucharest, 1923


Hoppé’s long-term, in-depth 1923 trip to Romania inaugurated a new era in his photographic career. For the first time, he was tasked with documenting and defining the character of an entire nation, its natural topography, architecture, and its people, from the palaces of the royal family which invited him, to the unique characters of the Romani tribes he lived with for a time. It set a precedent for many other similar national photographic portraits that would span the entire globe.

Transylvania. The name has always sounded romantic to me, and for once what I found fulfilled my expectations.

– E.O. Hoppé