Photograph, 'Couple outdoors in regional dress at the Stuttgart Folk Festival', black and white, negative, by Hedda Hammer (Morrison), Stuttgart, Germany, 1931. The man and woman are standing outdoors with arms linked, in front of trees. The woman, who wears a decorative bodice over a white shirt and a large bead and bauble headdress, is almost out of frame. The man is looking towards the woman. He wears a dark jacket over a vest with centre front spheric metallic buttons, a fur cap, and holds a pipe in his mouth. Behind them can be seen the top of a placard on a staff.
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