The portrait of a country. Great Romania in Hoppé's photos
Emil Otto Hoppé was one of the most important photographers in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Germany and originally educated as a nature sketcher, Hoppé started photography in 1902 and moved to London where, the following year, he became a member of the Royal Photographic Society, the epicenter of art photography. In July 1923 Hoppé arrived in Bucharest, where he undertook, for six weeks, an ethnographic and typological study of Romania's population and culture. Here he tried to observe the Romanians in their traditional roles and to explore in depth his ideas on defining the national identity. Hoppé presented the diversity of Romanian culture, illustrating the specificity of the traditional costume, customs and ceremonies throughout the country and the richness of historical monuments, churches, mosques and synagogues.
The exhibition can be visited at the Museum of Urban Civilization of Brasov, between October 25, 2019 - February 15, 2020