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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Evelyn Hofer

Dates:  1922 - 2009, 2 November
Born:  Germany, Marburg an der Lahn
Died:  Mexico, Mexico City
Active:  US
Contemporary New York-based photographer.

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Evelyn Hofer, born in Marburg an der Lahn, Germany, grew up in Switzerland and Spain. Before her parents moved to Mexico, she apprenticed for a few months. First, she worked with the Studio Bettina in Zurich, who did portraits with a 35mm camera. She then worked in Basel with Robert Spreng who worked with an 8 x 10 inch camera. In Mexico she started her career as a freelance photographer.
In 1947 she moved to New York and worked with Alexey Brodovitch for Harper's Bazaar and later for Vogue. Her career took a decisive turn when Mary McCarthy asked her to take the photographs for The Stones of Florence. She used a 4 x 5 inch camera for the project and continued to do so.
Various books in collaboration with outstanding writers followed on cities and countries in Europe and the United States, as well as essays for such publications as Vanity Fair, House and Gardens, Connoisseur, Time-Life Books, Life Magazine, The London Times Sunday Magazine, et al.
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2007 Evelyn Hofer: The Unknown Photographs, Galerie m Bochum, Germany
2006 Evelyn Hofer, Retrospective, The Hague Museum of Photography, Netherlands
2005 Evelyn Hofer, Still Life Photographs, Peter Blum, Wooster, NY
2001 Evelyn Hofer, RoseGallery, Santa Monica
1991-1992 The People of Soglio, Witkin Gallery, Inc., New York
1987-1988 Emerson in Italy, Witkin Gallery, Inc., New York
1985-1986 Recent Photographs, Witkin Gallery, Inc., New York
1982 Photographs, Black & White and Color, Witkin Gallery, Inc., New York
1977 Photographs, Witkin Gallery, Inc., New York
Selected Group Exhibitions
1994 Apollo in Silver, College of Design, Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa
1990 In Bloom, Pfizer Corporation, New York (organized by The Art Lending Service of the MOMA)
1989 Water, Pfizer Corporation, New York (organized by The Art Lending Service of the MOMA)
1988 Drew University Art Gallery, Madison, NJ
1987 Frida!, Mexican Museum, San Francisco, CA
1987 Art Circles: Portrait Photographs from ArtNews 1905-1986, ICP (International Center for Photography)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Mount Holyoke College Art Museum
Middlebury College Vermont
New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans
Houston Museum of Fine Art, Houston
Centro Cultural Arte Contemporaneo, Mexico DF
David Rockefeller, Jr
McKinsey & Company
Nynex Corporation
Prudential Insurance Company 

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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.164-165 [Long out of print but an essential reference work - the good news is that a new edition is in preparation.] 
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