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Stuttgart Folk Festival, 1931

May 8th, 2013 by


This photograph, by Hedda Morrison, was taken at the Stuttgart folk festival in 1931. In this photograph, Morrison has adopted the conventions of the New Realism in the use of an extreme close up and high angle view.

Hedda Morrison, (1908-1991), was born Hedda Hammer in Stuttgart, Germany. She acquired her first camera, a Box Brownie, at the age of 11. In 1929 Hedda enrolled at the State Institute for Photography in Munich. After completing studies at the Institute for Photography she worked in the studio of photographer Adolf Lazi (1884-1955) back in her home town of Stuttgart.

By 1933 Hedda Morrison had left Germany to work in China. In Peking Morrison managed Hartung’s photographic studio from 1933-1938. After her contract expired she continued to work freelance from a small darkroom in her home in Nanchang Street. The young photographer travelled around the city, usually by bicycle, often photographing its inhabitants. This photograph is one of many that document local craft workshops, is part of the Hedda Morrison Photographic Collection


Photography by Hedda Morrison
Powerhouse Museum Collection

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