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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Wilhelm Höffert

Other: E.F.W. Hugo Höffert 
Other: W. Höffert 
Other: W. Höffert Studios 
Dates:  1832 - 1901
Active:  Germany
[Editorial note: This biography of E.F.W.Hugo Höffert requires updating to reflect the latest research.]
German photographer, Wilhelm Höffert displayed the family crests of both Sachsen and Prussian kings on his cabinet cards and advertised studios in ten central and northern cities of the German Empire between 1880 and 1907. W. Höffert Studios are documented at addresses in Dresden, Berlin, Hamburg, Cologne, Leipzig, Hannover, Bonn, Breslau, Magdeburg, and Dusseldorf. Adding to this list of business enterprises his studio at Dresden dispatched photographers to the annual "Bayreuther Buhnenfestpiel" (Bayreuth Dramatic Festivals) from 1889 until 1903.
The Höffert Studios welcomed the thespians and singers who regularly performed at the city theatres, opera houses, and festivals and it is likely that his studios maintained costume cabinets for his famous clients.
There is scarce personal information discovered about Wilhelm Höffert but his main studio was located in Dresden at See Strasse 10 in the central shopping district. In the memoirs of photographer, Nicola Percheid, he mentions that he was employed at the W. Höffert Studio - Dresden for two and one-half years (1889-91) and in 1889 made the photographs of the Bayreuth Festival. Percheid later opened a studio at Görlitz and developed "soft lens" and early color photographs. Also noted photographer, Hugo Erfurth, worked at the Höffert Studio - Dresden in 1895.
In 1906-7 the cabinet card photographs of the W. Höffert Studio in Leipzig have the names of new owners, E & M Foerstner at address Barfussgasse 15. An earlier address for the studio was Schlossgasse 1 - Petersbrueche, Leipzig. Why the new owners chose to keep the name of W. Höffert Studio is unknown.
(Contributed by Max Hochstetler)

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