Born in Germany, Emil Otto Hoppé followed his father into banking but also travelled to Paris and Vienna to study painting and portrait photography. In 1900, he moved to London to work at the Deutsche Bank and Lombards but, as he met photographer, John Cimon Warburg decided to take on the profession as well. He was rapidly associated with the Linked Ring Brotherhood alongside Alvin Langdon Coburn and Henry Peach Robinson while becoming one of the Edwardian era’s most sought after portrait-photographer to the British upper-class alongside numerous artists. In 1918, he made his first visit to New York where he captured modernist cityscapes which inspired his later travels in the 1920s and 1930s during which he decided to capture the grandeur of industrial sites around the world, anticipating the work of such photographers as Harald Finster: ‘To picture the rhythm and design of very ordinary, everyday things […] It is one of the chief delights of photography that it creates a spirit of adventure and sharpens the powers of observation. So many people miss the significance of little things and are therefore robbed of a fundamental key to beauty’. Although he lived in John Everett Millais’ former house in London, Emil Otto Hoppé neglected Pre-Raphaelite aesthetics for the abstract potential of machinery, a taste he maybe earned when collaborating with Germany’s UFA studios for which he depicted Fritz Lang and Brigitte Helm.