National Portrait Gallery Presents the First Major Exhibition in Over 30 Years Devoted to E.O. Hoppé

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LONDON.- The first major exhibition in over 30 years dedicated to the photographer E.O.Hoppé is open at the National Portrait Gallery From 17 February until 30 May 2011. Hoppé (1878-1972) was one of the most important photographers of the first half of the twentieth century and much of his work has only recently been reassembled. Hoppé Portraits: Society, Studio and Street brings together for the first time his strikingly modernist portraits alongside his fascinating documentary studies capturing the realities of day-to-day life in Britain between the wars. E.O. Hoppé was the prototypical celebrity photographer, and his success in the 1910s and 1920s can be compared to that of Richard Avedon or Irving Penn in the late twentieth century. By 1913 his third photographic studio occupied the 33-room Kensington House of the late Sir John Everett Millais and was a magnet for the rich and famous. The first section of the exhibition fea