He was one of the three sons of Antoine Hemelman and Berendina Willink. His father was a blacksmith and the intention was that he and his two older brothers also blacksmith would be. Albert, however, wanted to be a painter and chose a artistic training.
He enjoyed his education in 1905 at the teacher training school for crafts and from 1908 to 1909 to both the Rijksakademie van beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam. He was a pupil of Pieter Dupont, Klaas van Leeuwen, George Sturm and Nicolaas van der Waay. He worked in Amsterdam from 1902 to 1951 and has also worked in Iceland and Norway, Spitsbergen.
His subjects concerned industrial landscapes, especially views of harbors, landscapes, cityscapes and still lifes. He also designed posters and calendars. Albert Hahn painted large ocean liners and these works attracted the attention of Dutch art buyers and they gave him several commands. Up to its major customers included the Royal Holland Lloyd and the Amro Bank in Amsterdam.