Hedda Hammer (Morrison) was born in Stuttgart in 1908. She acquired her first camera, a Box Brownie, at the age of 11. Despite her parents' wish that she become a doctor, Hedda studied photography at the Bavarian State Institute for Photography in Munich (1929-31). After graduation she worked as an assistant to two photographers: Adolf Lazi in Stuttgart and Olga Linckelmann in Hamburg. In 1933 Hedda made plans to leave Germany which was coming increasingly under Nazi control. She planned to travel to Yugoslavia, but this changed when she secured a job in Peking. These photographs taken at the Trachenfest folk festival in Stuttgart circa 1931 are the only known photographs taken by Hedda Morrison (nee Hammer) during her residence in Germany. They were captured during her time as a student at the Bavarian State Institute for Photography in Munich. In the images, Hedda Morrison has carefully recorded the detail of costume, the shape and texture of hats and the beauty of elaborate headdresses. The photographs project an interest in discovering the 'exotic' within her own culture.