Photograph, 'Adolf Lazi and statue', black and white, silver gelatin print, by Adolf Lazi, Stuttgart, Germany, 1947. This image is a self-portrait by Adolf Lazi. This portrait is of Lazi in quarter profile, standing before a shelf or counter that is chest height. He is holding a Chinese statue on a marble block. Under his left wrist, on the counter, is a small open book.
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, which were typical of commercial studio work at the time. 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 1947 by Adolf Lazi. After Adolf Lazi's death in 1955, the Lazi Studio/Lazi Academy was managed by Adolf Lazi's wife, Eta Lazi, and later by his son, Adolf Ingo Lazi. In 1987, the Lazi Studio/Lazi Academy/Adolf Lazi Archive was moved to Schloesslesweg 48-50, D 73732 Esslingen.
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