Photograph, 'Silver cutlery', black and white, silver gelatin print, by Adolf Lazi, Stuttgart, Germany, 1932. This image is a close-up of a silver knife, fork and spoon. The utensils have been placed on a relective surface. Typed on paper and adhered to the back of the photograph is the text: '1932 A. Lazi Besteck advertising photography'.
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'.
Produced by Adolf Lazi, Stuttgart, Germany, 1932. This is a typical example of the type of commercial photography that the Lazi studio produced when Hedda worked there as a volunteer.
Gift of Mr Franz Lazi, 1993