Photograph, 'Adolf Lazi's studio', black and white, silver gelatin print, by Adolf Lazi, Stuttgart, Germany, 1928-1932. This image is an exterior view of Adolf Lazi's studio in Stuttgart. The view is from the top of stairs at the right of the image, looking down towards the studio - a white multi-storey building. Trees and a grassed area are in the foreground to the left of the stairs. To the right, the stairs are bordered by a stone wall. Typed on paper and adhered to the back of the photograph is the text: '1928/1932 studio Adolf Lazi Diemershalde 48 in Stuttgart'.
Following the completion of her studies at the Bavarian State Institute for Photography in Munich, Hedda obtained voluntary work in the studio of Adolf Lazi (1884-1955) in Stuttgart, from September 1931 to August 1932. Paid jobs were difficult to find during the Depression years, especially for young graduates. The studio which is pictured in this photograph produced mainly architectural, portrait, landscape and advertising photography. Adolf Lazi's photographs reflect an interest in 'new realist' close-up views and extreme vantage points, were typical of commercial studio work at the time. At the end of 1932, Adolf Lazi wrote the following in a reference of Hedda: '[her] professional skills have been greatly consolidated during the year of practical experience and excellent achievements can be expected of her in the profession. Unfortunately economic conditions preclude us from employing her on a salaried basis'.
This image was taken in Stuttgart, Germany, between 1928 and 1932, probably by Adolf Lazi.
Gift of Mr Franz Lazi, 1993