"Like most young histories, that of photography continues to be re-evaluated and rewritten.
As one of the leading proponents of British photography across the Edwardian and Modern eras, Emil Otto Hoppé's work had all but disappeared until recently. With the great efforts of photo-historian Graham Howe and his staff at Curatorial Assistance, Los Angeles, Hoppé's lost estate collection has been rescued.
Beginning with this small monograph and its accompanying exhibition of vintage prints, we are commemorating the London that Hoppé photographed with great affection and brilliance from 1910 until 1945. It is interesting to note that from 1913 onwards Hoppé's South Kensington home and studio was on Cromwell Place, the former house and studio of the pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. It seems appropriate that today we present Hoppé's work for the first time ever in over 50 years just around the corner from that historic house.
I would especially like to thank Mark Haworth-Booth for his reflective essay, Pierre Brahm of Henry & James for his kind support of the exhibition and publication, and Christopher Colville-Walker who has sensitively edited this beautiful, small book. We are proud to present the London photographs of E.O Hoppé, who Cecil Beaton referred to as The Master!"