Leopold Hugo

Datesborn Poland, 1866 - 1933

German-born Leopold Hugo settled with his wife in La Jolla, California, in 1907. They opened a grocery store, but by 1911 Hugo had hung out his shingle as a photographer of landscapes and nature studies. He worked in the soft-focus Pictorialist style, using waxed-paper negatives to enhance the atmospheric effects in his prints.

Six years later the Hugos relocated north to Santa Cruz, where Hugo opened a studio and became known locally for his photographs of cypress and eucalyptus trees along the Monterey coast. In 1929 he returned to La Jolla and re-established his studio there.

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