Photograph, 'Three horsemen in regional dress at the Stuttgart Folk Festival', black and white, negative, by Hedda Hammer (Morrison), Stuttgart, Germany, 1931. This image of three men on horseback at the Stuttgart Folk Festival has been taken from a high angle, looking down. Two of the men on horseback are prominent in the centre of the image, and a third man can only partly be seen in the top right corner. The men are wearing regional dress comprising dark pants with a white shirt, dark tie and braces. They wear brimmed hats and each carries a whip. The horses cast distinct shadows on the ground in front of them. In the bottom left corner of the image, three men in dark suits can be partly seen standing, facing the men on horseback.
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.
Exhibited in 'In her view: the photographs of Hedda Morrison in China and Sarawak 1933-1967', Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 11 June - 10 October 1993. Reproduced in Roberts, Claire, 'Hedda Morrison's photographs of Peking', East Asian History, Australian National University Canberra, No. 4, Dec 1992, p. 87.
Gift of Mr Alastair Morrison, 1992
'EASTMAN-KODAK-NITRATE' is marked on the border.