Photograph, black and white, 'Adolf Lazi's studio', Adolf Lazi, Germany, 1953. Photograph, marked: '1953 Studio building, A.Lazi Pischekstr. 16 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 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. 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 by Adolf Lazi in in 1950. 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.
An aerial view of Adolf Lazi's studio in Stuttgart taken in 1953. This studio building is in a different location and much larger than the studio Lazi had at the time Hedda Hammer (Morrison) was a volunteer there (1931-32), indicating that the studio prospered.
Gift of Mr Franz Lazi, 1993