The testamur is a form printed in black ink and filled in with handwriting in black ink. It states that Hedda Hammer attended the Bavarian State Institute for Photography between 02/09/1929 and 15/07/1931. Her work is 'commendable' and her behaviour 'excellent'. She completed theoretical subjects photochemistry, photooptics, electricity, commercial law, and commercial operations management, and practical subjects recording technique and conception, negative retouching, positive retouching, copying method, enlargement, and drawing. She was awarded a diploma for excellence in outdoor shots. Overall in the school she came in the third prize-group. She is allowed to move up to Division 1A.
The Bavarian State Institute for Photography where Hedda studied was Germany's first photographic school. It was established in 1900 with an enrolment of 26 students. Women were not admitted to the course until 1905. Hedda studied there from 1929 to 1931. Hedda's course included subjects such as photochemistry, photo-optics, law and business management, photographic technique, negative and positive retouching, enlarging and drawing. This report notes that Hedda received an award for outdoor photography, and third prize in a student competition. (Grade 1 was outstanding and grade 5 a fail.)
Gift of Mr Alastair Morrison, 1993