Photograph, 'Steel', black and white, silver gelatin print, by Adolf Lazi, Stuttgart, Germany, 1938. A close-up photograph of polished steel cylinders placed tightly together.
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 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. This is a typical example of the type of commercial photography that the Lazi studio produced when Hedda worked there as a volunteer. At the end of 1932, Adolf Lazi wrote the following of Hedda in a reference: '[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, by Adolf Lazi, 1938.
Exhibited in 'In her view: the photographs of Hedda Morrison in China and Sarawak 1933-1967', Powerhouse Museum, Sydney, 11 June - 10 October 1993.
Gift of Mr Franz Lazi, 1993