Hoppé Portraits

Society, Studio & Street


All events are free except where indicated. Book tickets online call 020 7306 0055 or visit the Gallery.


Free, but tour tickets required and available on the day from 17.00 on a first come, first served basis in addition to a timed exhibition ticket.

Friday 4 March, 19.30
Friday 1 April, 19.30


Thursday 24 March, 18.30

TALK: Picturing Everyman

Geoff Dyer in conversation with Dryden Goodwin

Hoppé took his camera out onto the streets of London, Berlin and New York and photographed ordinary life. This discussion explores early twentieth-century photography’s search for ordinary, representative subjects, placing Hoppé alongside contemporaries such as Bill Brandt, Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange. Geoff Dyer, author of The Ongoing Moment, will join the artist Dryden Goodwin to ask what was at stake when photography switched its focus from the drawing-room to the street. The discussion will also explore the legacy of this kind of portraiture including Goodwin’s recent series of portraits of sixty London Underground staff.

Tickets: £5/£4 concessions and Gallery Supporters
Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Thursday 7 April, 13.15


Mick Gidley, Emeritus Professor of American Literature at the University of Leeds charts the life and times of the great Edwardian modernist E O Hoppé paying special attention to his Anglo-American photographs and his investigations into types.

Ondaatje Wing Theatre

Friday 6 May, 19.00

Bern Schwartz Biannual Lecture
Masters of Photography: E.O. Hoppé*

Part of a special lecture series celebrating the legacy of photographer Bern Schwartz. Exhibition curator Phillip Prodger will look at E.O. Hoppé, the Anglo-American relationship within his work and discuss his lasting influence.

Ondaatje Wing Theatre


Friday 13 May, 18.00-22.00

Capturing the Capital

To celebrate our Hoppé Portraits and Ida Kar exhibitions, visitors can enjoy an evening of photography and the city, with events inspired by these displays from two of the most celebrated photographers of the nineteenth century. The Gallery will be open late with events including twilight tours of the city and a screening of Kar’s favourite film, as well as live music, photography workshops and special tours and talks on the works and lives of the two artists.

Plus 2 for 1 drinks with your Hoppé ticket at the Late Shift bar



Saturday 19 March, 11.00 – 15.00

Hoppé’s London: Whitehall and St. James’s

E.O. Hoppé’s camera lens was drawn towards the unusual and quirky sides of London and Londoners. What is remarkable is that so many of these curiosities have survived the passage of eighty years, decades which have included the Blitz and the remorseless redevelopment of the city. These walks will explore the London that Hoppé knew and reveal new discoveries which share his spirit of adventure. Each walk lasts approximately 2 hours and is led by Blue Badge Guide Alan Read.

Tickets: £15/£12 concessions and Gallery Supporters

Saturday 2 April, 11.00 – 15.00

Hoppé’s London: The Strand, The Temple and The City

See 19 March for details.


Wednesday 23 – Friday 25 February, 11.00 – 16.00 daily

Three-day Workshop - Society, Studio and Street

Explore the photographs in Hoppé Portraits and create your own photographic portraits inspired by society figures and everyday British people. Led by digital artist Marianne Holm Hansen and photographer Gisela Torres.

Culminates in a public screening on Friday 25 February at 17.00.

For 14 - 21 year olds. Booking required. Please email [email protected] or call 020 7312 2483.

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Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park, London
by E.O. Hoppé, 1934
© 2010 E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance Inc.

Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park, London by E.O. Hoppé, 1934
© 2011 E.O. Hoppé Estate Collection / Curatorial Assistance Inc.