Photograph, 'Woman in bead and bauble headdress at the Stuttgart Folk Festival', black and white, negative, by Hedda Hammer (Morrison), Stuttgart, Germany, 1931. Portrait of smiling woman who faces the camera, wearing regional dress at the Stuttgart Folk Festival. She is wearing a large crown-like bead and bauble headdress, and a decorative bodice over a white shirt and a multi-strand beaded necklace. The square collar of her bodice is framed with wide ribbon and features a square patch at the front centre, embroidered with two flowers.
This and other negatives of people in regional dress at the Stuttgart Folk Festival are among the few known photographs taken by Hedda Hammer (Morrison) during her youth in Germany. The images were perhaps captured as an assignment undertaken while she was a student at the Bavarian State Institute for Photography in Munich. Hedda has carefully recorded the detail of regional costume and accessories, the shape and texture of hats and the beauty of elaborate headdresses as if discovering and exploring the 'exotic' within her own culture.
This is one of about 50 photographs known to have been taken by Hedda Hammer (Morrison) at the Stuttgart Folk Festival. This image was taken on Eastman Kodak nitrate film.
Gift of Mr Alastair Morrison, 1992
'EASTMAN-KODAK-NITRATE...97' is marked on the border.