Hans Hasenpflug arrived in Australia in 1927 aged 20. He had been born into an educated Stuttgart family but it does not appear that he became involved in photography until 1932 when he was employed by Leica Photo Service, Sydney. Hasenpflug went on to work for prominent photographer Russell Roberts from 1935 to 1937 before moving to Melbourne and working with Athol Shmith and other Melbourne studios from 1937 to 1942. As an enemy alien Hasenpflug was not allowed to work on industrial assignments during World War Two but he was not interned and was naturalised in 1945. Hasenpflug exhibited in photography salons in the 1930s and his work appeared in the ‘Sydney Morning Herald’, ‘Australian Woman's Weekly’ and the ‘Sunday Telegraph’.
Hasenpflug was a versatile advertising photographer. He specialized in fashion and product advertising and some portraiture. Despite his apparent lack of photographic training until the 1930s, he seems to be have been strongly influenced by the European avant-garde. Many of his photographs, regardless of genre or subject matter, depend on diagonals through the picture plane and on raking light.
gelatin silver photograph, vintage
30.2 x 37.8 cm image; 30.7 x 38.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mr Christopher Hamilton, the artist's son 1984
Shown in 3 exhibitions
20th International Exhibition of the London Salon of Photography 1937, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 1937–1937
Commemorative Salon Exhibition, Exhibition Venue Unknown, 1983–1983
Shades of Light, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 1988–1988
Referenced in 2 publications
Silver and Grey - Fifty Years of Australian Photography 1900-1950, 1980. Plate no: 103
Daniel Palmer and Kate Rhodes (Editors), Photofile 71, 'The golden age of Australian fashion photography', pg.36-41, Sydney, Winter 2004, 38 (colour illus.), 39.